Fat Tuesday, February 21

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Fat Tuesday is today, February 21 that is.

It comes as the celebration of Mardi Gras where celebrators celebrate by doing what they do best, indulging.

“Mardi Gras” is French for Fat Tuesday and all around the world begins the celebration in which people indulge in may things from parties to fun colored beads and sweets like the traditional King Cake.

While many party, most aren’t exactly sure why. What does Fat Tuesday mean you ask? Fat Tuesday is the practice of indulging in all of the foods the last night before you give them up and begin the fasting of the Lenten season, which starts on the following day, Ash Wednesday.

As we’ve previously reported, over the years the holiday has included not only Catholics but all religions and people; and Fat Tuesday has become such a huge celebration for New Orleans, that visitors from all cities and states flock to the place to celebrate the feasting day each year.

As far as feasting goes, Mardi Gras is known for its popular gumbo dish, which has been a tradition for the holiday for many years.

Click here to read about Mardi Gras Gumbo.

On Fat Tuesday though, over the years feasting became only one thing party patrons indulged in. Partying practices include wearing decorative masks and costumes, dancing, wearing as many beads as can fit on your neck and taking in as many parades as possible.

What will you be doing to celebrate?