Fat Tuesday comes at the end of Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is actual French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
It is interesting to know that most places in the U.S. don't celebrate Mardi Gras. It's mainly something that's in New Orleans, Louisiana. It originated in the USA in Mobile, Alabama long before New Orleans even was founded. Mardi Gras is only legally observed as a state holiday in the counties of Mobile and Baldwin in Alabama. The other 65 counties of the state do not recognize Mardi Gras as a holiday.
Fat Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday. The word "shrive" means "confess."
Fat Tuesday is an unofficial celebration that is generally recognized by those who fast during the season of Lent.
Easter is on a Sunday each year following 40 days of Lent.
This is the list of the upcoming events in the order in which they happen.
- Mardi Gras
- Fat Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday)
- Ash Wednesday
- Lent (40 days)
- Palm Sunday
- Easter Sunday