Ajoleblon...A Cajun Tale

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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
This journal is a bunch of rants about nothing. Mostly lighthearted happenings in the life of a woman who is very simple and who wants for nothing but greatly appreciates whatever is given. You will find nothing profound here but hopefully something that will make you laugh and that's what I enjoy doing most. Being humorous. Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mardi Gras

  

 H A P P Y * M A R D I * G R A S!

The History of Mardi Gras

 Mardi Gras came to New Orleans through its French heritage in 1699. Early explorers celebrated this French Holiday on the banks of the Mississippi River. Throughout the years, Orleanians have added to the celebration by establishing krewes (organizations) which host parades and balls. Carnival quickly became an exciting holiday for both children and adults.

 Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" and of course is celebrated on that day of the week. The date can fall between February 3 and March 9 depending on the Lunar calendar, used by the Catholic Church to determine the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.

 The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These colors were chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex. He chose these colors to stand for the following:

  • Purple represents justice
  • green stands for faith
  • gold stands for power

 The Mardi Gras season begins on January 6 and continues until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. On the Christian calendar, the twelfth day after Christmas is known as "Epiphany", "Twelfth Night", or "Kings Day." It is the day the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus, and is celebrated with its own unique rituals.


4 comments:

sangrialel said...

See you found some creativity already!  Lelly

hadonfield78 said...

Sounds like alot of fun..............
Wish I was there...

caesar1958 said...

Awright.....glad to see you're back at it again!!!!!!!

siennastarr said...

I've never had the opportunity to really celebrate Mardi Gras, but someone else was talking about it at their journal, and they mentioned the King Cake, with the baby inside.  I didn't have a clue what that was, because I don't believe they sell those cakes out here.  She was kind enough to explain and send pictures giving me some info on the cake and Mardi Gras.   So...are you planning on celebrating it?

Hugs,
Jackie