Mardi Gras Celebrations Follow Varied Traditions

A yellow Mardi Gras mask and beads

Mardi Gras in New Orleans may be the most famous party associated with this worldwide observance, but it is far from the only one. Traditions vary greatly, but it is, in many countries,  it is the final day of celebration prior to the Christian season leading up to Easter.

Mardi Gras, which in French means “Fat Tuesday,” marks the end of a generally fun and festive season of the church calendar.  Festivities can extend during the entire period beginning around Christmas, last a week, or only a day.  The party always ends, however, with the dawn of Ash Wednesday. The extended season is known as Fasching in Germany, Carnivale or Carnanval in various Latin countries, and Shrovetide in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  Generally, it is a time to indulge, eat and drink before the austerity and penitence required during Lent.

One of the most fascinating celebrations occurs in the Belgian city of Binche, where the history of its traditional Carnival has been designated by UNESCO as one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”  You can learn the facts by visiting unesco.org.

If you have questions about appropriate California insurance coverage for your family or business, contact us at Apollo Insurance Services in Chino Hills.  And, if you are out partying to celebrate Mardi Gras, be safe and  make sure to have a designated driver!

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