Mardi Gras (Literally French for “Fat Tuesday'”, refers to the Carnival celebrations beginning after Epiphany, culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday – today, Pancake Day!
Mardi Gras refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent, which reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert thinking about the meaning of life from Ash Wednesday until Easter. As we all know, Jesus’ conclusion was that there is much to improve on in humanity, and his contribution was to sacrifice his life to redeem the potential of earthlings.
So we entertained our granddaughters for pancakes with maple syrup, lemons and sugar.
A couple of weeks ago we observed that our 7 year old would raise her hands and exclaim “that’s life” when confronted with one of life’s dead ends, and suggested her first French phrase – “c’est la vie”.
Now she has a second phrase – “Mardi Gras”.
Let it all hang out before Lent
Pancake Day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess.”
Let’s all find a balance between raving and reflection.
Because this is life. C’est la vie.