Terminally Curious here today.
I have to be honest–Fat Tuesday isn’t a holiday my family has celebrated in the past. In fact, I’d never heard of it before I first visited New Orleans.
Now I know it’s the final day of Mardi Gras and the day before Lent begins. Fat Tuesday is the day to eat and drink and have fun, because for the next few weeks (until Easter, I think) you have to be real good and give up something you like.
Just guessing, but I have a feeling it started as a religious celebration that grew.
So what does Fat Tuesday mean to me? I’ll probably wear my New Orleans beads to work, but not much else. I don’t give up anything for Lent. I always thought if I were going to embrace that custom, I’d give up something I didn’t like anyway. You know, like cleaning house. Or eating squid.
But I know there are people out there who celebrate everything. Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday AND Lent.
I really want to know what it’s like for y’all. How do you celebrate?
And if you do the Lent thing, what have you given up and how successful have you been? (And if you can tell me WHY it’s done, I’d love that, too.)