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It's time to party on, and ....eat pancakes on Fat Tuesday!

Posted on 31st January 2016
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Mardi Gras Blog Post by Karnival Costumes

It's time to party on, and ....eat pancakes on Fat Tuesday!

 
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Now that the New Year has been rung in all around the world, our thoughts are already turning towards the major spring calendar celebration of Easter when our thoughts naturally turn to the Christian story of the resurrection as well as to all of the natural miracles and wonders that surround us with the advent of new life.
 
But before we get to Easter we have the period of Lent which spans the six and half weeks preceding Easter starting with Ash Wednesday the first day of the long fasting period for Christians. Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras as it is known in some parts, is the day preceding Ash Wednesday.  
 
So why did this day get to be called Fat Tuesday? Well, the last bit is easy, it followed Monday! As for the Fat element, it was the day when historically people used up all of the foods that they weren’t allowed to eat during the period of Lent. And these foods include fat, butter and eggs, all of which lead us nicely to our loved pancakes!
 
And Fat Tuesday is not the only named day preceding Lent. There is actually an official countdown to Shrove Tuesday starting on the preceding Saturday which is known as Egg Saturday, Quinquagesima Sunday, the fifth Sunday before Easter and Callop Monday which is named after a “callop” which was a slice or chunk of meat with the day traditionally being given over to the eating of eggs and bacon. And then to Shrove Tuesday, the day for eating any remaining foods that will be forbidden during the long Lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday.      
 
Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs. Check on line for your pancake recipe. Shrove Tuesday is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the period for fasting for Christians. Lent is also a time to give up something special that they enjoy so, Fat Tuesday is a celebration and the opportunity to enjoy that favourite food or snack that you are planning to give up for the period of Lent.
 
The eating of pancakes is not the only thing that happens on Shrove Tuesday in England we have a number of organised pancake races which take place all of the country. In these, contestants have to run the pre-agreed course whilst flipping a pancake in a frying pan a pre-described number of times. These are a test of both athletic ability as well as the skill in flipping and catching the pancake, which must be intact when the finishing line is reached.  Many of these races are held with the contestants wearing fancy dress with prizes for both winning the race and being the best dressed!
 
Against this background the main element of Fat Tuesday today are the Mardi Gras parades and parties that held to celebrate the beginning of Lent. These are colourful parties in traditional colours of green, gold and purple. And each of these colours has its own specific meaning; green for faith, power and justice.
 
For some of the best Mardi Gras party goods in the UK including lots of throwing beads whether they are with or without medallions, plus Mardi Gras wigs, party tableware in purple, gold and green as well as a superb selection of Mardi Gras eye masks, why not visit the Mardi Gras section here at Karnival Costumes where you’ll find some great ideas to complete your own party?
 
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