Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras

Happy Fat Tuesday!!

I can't believe it's already Mardi Gras! Where the heck has the time gone??

Are you celebrating? Do you even know anything about Mardi Gras? It actually starts on January 6th. Tomorrow is the last day (based on the Christian calendar ! I lived in Louisiana when I was a wee lass and remember attending two parades every year for the event. It was such a blast to see all the floats and catch all the beads (get your minds out of the gutter I was a kid!! I didn't get beads that way!). But I think one of my favorite things about Mardi Gras was getting to eat the yummy King Cake!!

I was half tempted to try out a recipe and make one this year but then I got to looking at them and being the lazy and broke self that I am I decided not to :) 

What I love most about the King Cake (besides the taste obviously) is the history behind it.  See, what a lot people don't know is that Mardi Gras is actually a holiday celebrated on Christian beliefs (like a lot of other holidays we celebrate). The King Cake is to celebrate and symbolize The Three Kings. Of course the traditional King Cake has been modified in years passing but it still holds the traditional look of the Mardi Gras colors - purple, which stands for justice; green, which stands for faith; and gold, which stands for power and is in the shape of an oval which symbolizes the unity of faiths.

Wish I had one right now...

Mardi Gras has become a reason to party, hearty holiday with multiple events, parades, and what have you. Downtown in Chinatown they are having a huge block party tonight. What are you doing?

More like partying with myself, some Shock Top and a movie or book. Wild and crazy, eh?

Starting tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the day when Lent begins which occurs 40 days before Easter (Sundays don't count). Originally, it was used for a time of religious discipline (only in certain religions), the purpose to set aside a time of reflection on Jesus. A lot of people take it seriously still to this day... I on the other hand, who was raised half Baptist and half Methodist (Methodist is a religion who participates in Lent, Baptist is not) do it for fun and to see how much discipline and will power I have :) I declare myself a believer, but not of a certain denomination.

This year I have decided on two things. Red meat and sweets. One day before Valentine's Day will surely be tough, but I can do it. I honestly can't give up my fish and chicken - which is why I could never be a true vegetarian or vegan, and sweets is going to be a struggle considering my entire mouth is one big sweet tooth.

Sweets include:

  • Breakfast sweets: donuts, pastries, cakes, french toast, & non-protein pancakes.
  • Desserts: candies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cake pops, pies, ice cream, bars
  • Drinks: shakes
Red meats include:
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Veal
  • Duck
Let me know if I've forgotten something.. these are just off the top of my head :)

Are you participating and giving something up until Easter?



Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

I've heard more about lent than Mardi Gras today and it's got me thinking of what I should give up. Wishing you luck with the sweets, that would be the hardest for me but at least you can turn to smoothies and fruits to curve the sweet tooth pangs!

Lauren Loeffel said...

I actually learned something haha! I didn't know a lot of that stuff about Mardi Gras. I thought it was a one day event.
And I am so not disciplined enough for Lent (even if I did practice it haha!)

Tarole said...

Lauren my love you are a no reply blogger! I want to reply via email lol! But girl being disciplined is so hard. I'm doing it to prove to myself :) Thanks for reading!


Vashelle N. said...

Bread and rice!

And oh how I miss being in the south at this time!

Nessa @ Isle Style Living said...

As a child I was raised in the Catholic tradition and part of our homework assignments were sacrificing something for Lent.

I think I always gave up Jelly Beans. I like 'em, but not as much as chocolate, so it was "safe" LOL.

Like you, I also identify more as a non-denominational Christian but still choose to sacrifice something for Lent.

This year? COFFEE. Yup. I'm going to do it. I'm going to avoid any and all coffee drinks (I'm letting myself slide with coffee ice cream), decaf or not.

I'm hoping to save some cash and calories in the process =)

Vicky Fida said...

That was interesting! We, too, in the Greek Orthodox religion have an eqiuvalent Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and Lent of course, but they will be late as our Easter is really late this year, I think May 5th! I will be posting on that as the days grow near!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

I love those ECards, too funny!

Sparkles and Shoes

Tarole said...

Vicky you are a no reply blogger! Fix that stat so I can engage with you via email :) That's very interesting about your religion. It's so cool to hear about others' customs and beliefs! Thanks so much for reading :)


Kelsey Eaton said...

Super interesting! I hardly know anything about the holiday so it was really interesting to me to learn some more :)

Ashley from The Kitchen-Sink Chronicles said...

I could never give up read meat! LOL. I was raised on beef though.

CeCe said...

Mardi Gras isn't that big out here so I only knew it was going on through blogs. Good luck with lent! Sweets would be so hard for me to give up.