All About Fat Tuesday
What is Fat Tuesday?
Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday or commonly as Mardi Gras, is the day before Ash Wednesday and the last day of Ordinary Time before Lent begins. Fat Tuesday is a time of celebration. It is typically viewed as the last day to celebrate and eat indulgent foods since Lent is a penitential time of fasting.
When is Fat Tuesday?
Fat Tuesday this year begins on March 1, 2022.
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What is the Meaning of Fat Tuesday?
The traditional name of Fat Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday. “Shrove” is derived from the word “shrive” and means “absolve.” Catholics should spend time examining their conscience as they prepare for the penitential season of Lent. It’s a great time to reflect on areas where spiritual growth is needed. This day is commonly called “Fat Tuesday” because it’s traditional to eat foods made with butter, eggs, and fat, such as meat and desserts, since many Catholics give these up during the Lenten season. Catholic Churches burn the palms used during the previous year’s Palm Sunday for the ashes distributed on Ash Wednesday the next day.
Fat Tuesday Menu
While tasty foods are traditional on Fat Tuesday they can vary from culture to culture. Donuts and pancakes are common, as are Polish Pączki. Mardi Gras King Cakes are also popular - these cakes are iced with purple, green, and yellow sugar and typically have a small plastic baby hidden somewhere in the cake. Whoever eats the piece of cake with the baby inside is responsible for bringing the king cake to the next year’s celebration! In the United States, New Orleans is known for its huge Mardi Gras celebration and parade, so many families eat jambalaya, gumbo, and other Cajun dishes.
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