Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mardi Gras Traditions

Mardi Gras Traditions is about musical parades, food, and excitement. During the parades, people use purple, green and gold beads and colorful masquerades.

The term “Mardi Gras” (French word) means “Fat Tuesday.” It refers to the Tuesday before Lent. It is called "Fat" or "Great." Lent starts on a Wednesday with Ash Wednesday.
A king cake is associated with the Feast of Epiphany celebrated twelve days after Christmas and related with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras.
Photo credit visit: http://www.keiladawson.com/easy-pillsbury-king-cake-recipe/
                                          Activities for Mardi Gras:                                           

Create a Masquerade with any recycle supplies you have at home. 
"Laissez les bons temps rouler"
It means, Let the good times roll!

After Ash Wednesday is Lent!
                                   ¿Qué es Mardi Gras?
El término "Mardi Gras" (palabra francesa) significa "Martes gordo" y se refiere al martes antes de Cuaresma. Se llama "Grasa" o "Gran" porque se asocia con la buena comida y festivales. Mardi Gras es una tradición similar a los Carnavales de Rio, Barranquilla, New Orleans y todos los países que celebran con desfiles de carrozas y bailes tradicionales antes del Miércoles de Ceniza cuando inicia la Cuaresma.  Usualmente se hace la Rosca de Reyes o de Mardi Gras/Carnival.

¡Mañana es Miércoles de Ceniza!

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.