Mardi Gras

Whether you call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or Carnival, it all spells the same thing -- party in the streets!

Quiz

Whether you call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or Carnival, it all spells the same thing -- party in the streets!

1. Why does Mardi Gras fall on a different Tuesday each year?

  • It coincides with the vernal equinox.
  • The date of Easter determines Mardi Gras.
  • It falls on the third new moon of the year.

2. Why is this holiday also called "Fat Tuesday"?

  • Custon has it that during the celebration, a fatted bull or ox was paraded through the streets and then feasted upon.
  • People traditionally stuff themselves before fasting for Lent.
  • The parade was paid for by the city's politicians or "Fat Cats."

3. The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. What do they represent?

  • Romance, wealth, and harmony.
  • Justice, faith, and power.
  • God, family, and friends.

4. Most people know that Mardi Gras is on the last day of the season of Carnival. When does the celebration actually begin?

  • On the first full moon of the year.
  • New Year's Day.
  • The twelfth day after Christmas (Twelfth Night).

5. During the feast that ends in Mardi Gras, people eat King Cake, a special dessert. What is found in each King Cake?

  • Coins.
  • Beads.
  • A plastic doll.

Your Results:

1. Why does Mardi Gras fall on a different Tuesday each year?
The date of Easter determines Mardi Gras.

2. Why is this holiday also called "Fat Tuesday"?
Custon has it that during the celebration, a fatted bull or ox was paraded through the streets and then feasted upon.

3. The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. What do they represent?
Justice, faith, and power.

4. Most people know that Mardi Gras is on the last day of the season of Carnival. When does the celebration actually begin?
The twelfth day after Christmas (Twelfth Night).

5. During the feast that ends in Mardi Gras, people eat King Cake, a special dessert. What is found in each King Cake?
A plastic doll.

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