Fun Facts About Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras has become a super-popular celebration. You might know that it means “Fat Tuesday” in French and that it has a lot to do partying and food, but did you know it also has to do with history, religion, and culture? There’s a lot more you have to know about this famous festival.
Things You Might Not Know About Mardi Gras
- Historically, Mardi Gras is one of the carnival celebrations where the idea is to overindulge before giving up something for Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. It’s a rather lively and colorful celebration.
An economic study released by the University of New Orleans estimates that Mardi Gras generates more than $840 million annually.
- There’s another name for Mardi Gras other than Fat Tuesday, and that is “Shrove Tuesday.” “Shrove” comes from the word “shrive,” which means “to confess.” Some Catholics have the unofficial practice of confessing their sins before starting the 40 days of Lent. Mardi Gras marks the end of carnival season.
- The use of purple, gold, and green beads go back to 1872, when the king of the first daytime carnival chose those colors to toss them at people based on the meaning of each color. Purple means justice, gold means power, and green means faith.
- The first Mardi Gras in America was held in Mobile, Louisiana.
- Mardi Gras became an official holiday in Louisiana in 1875, but it is also a legal state holiday in Alabama and Florida.
- The main popular dance styles at Mardi Gras is samba, but historically, it includes street dancing as well.
Earlier this year, Bella Diva Dance brought Mardi Gras and Carnaval to the Clocktower stage for their 6th annual celebration of one of the most fun nights of the year. It was a wonderful event filled with color and great energy. If you weren’t able to join us then, there’s still time for you to come share with us at one of our upcoming events. We have prepared great, fun performances, and we can’t wait to share them with you.