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History of Mardi Gras -- A World-Wide Colorful Celebration

Mardi Gras is carnival that is usually celebrated in the Catholic countries. It is a festival which features parades, pageantry, drama, and feast. The whole festival is celebrated for many days and it usually starts on the Epiphany, twelve days after Christmas, January 6, and ends with MARDI GRAS or otherwise known as the Shrove Tuesday. In most countries the celebration day of Mardi Gras is declared as a legal holiday. But this day moves from different date, each and every year. Mardi Gras is a French word for Fat Tuesday or known as Shrove Tuesday in United Kingdom.

The evolution of Mardi Grasis is observed from the seventeenth century. It has been said to begin long time before the European invasion throughout the world. Ancient Romans used to celebrate a festival named Lupercalia, similar to Mardi Gras, in the middle of February every year. But this festival is not entirely like the Mardi Gras. After the European invasion in the Rome, the early Church fathers decided to add in some aspects of Lupercalia festival rather than putting an end to it. Mardi Gras has been spread to the American culture in 1699 through the French explorer Iberville. This festival is also celebrated in Paris too. Giving an honor to this day, a site in France has been named Point du Mardi Gras.

This festival has been celebrated in different ways throughout the world. During the Mardi Gras, parties will be thrown. At this party, special cake known as King Cake are served in pieces. This cake is similar to a cinnamon roll, which is made up of rich, Danish dough, topped with sugary icing and the cake is presented in traditional Mardi Gras colors. This custom has been followed world-wide since 1870 following and it emerged from France. The logic behind this custom is that, the cake is considered to be the one which was made in honor of the three Kings who visited the child Jesus.

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