Now if you are asking what is Fat Tuesday and what does it have to do with Mardi Gras? Well, Fat Tuesday actually is Mardi Gras. Mardi is the French word for Tuesday while Gras is the French word for fat. Fat Tuesday is celebrated on the day before Lent and is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is a legal holiday and always occurs 47 days before Easter, which means it is a fluctuating date like Easter and occurs on a Tuesday between February and March beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.
King Cakes are a big part of Mardi Gras tradition, with the orgins dating back to the Feast of the Twelfth Night, which honors the three kings present at the Christ child’s birth. In modern day Mardi Gras celebration tradition, the person who gets the “lucky” piece of cake with the baby doll inside, will throw the next party or simply buy or make the next King Cake.
Here are some great good ideas that you can make for you Mardi Gras Party!
Muffulettas @ Southern Living
Everything Jambalaya @ FoodNetwork Rachael Ray
Emeril’s Red Beans and Rice @ FoodNetwork
King Cakes @ KingCakes
Enjoy your Fat Tuesday with all your family and friends!