Mardi Gras: A Brief History

Lots of people flock to New Orleans to party for Mardi Gras…without knowing what it’s really about. That’s nothing knew, though. People celebrate holidays without knowing the back story or real purpose. Even the celebration of birthdays has an interesting history not known by many. Well, if you don’t know what Mardi Gras is about, I am going inform you. Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French and is the day before Ash Wednesday starts.

This celebration is about eating, , drinking, dancing, etc. before the 40 day season of Lent begins where the indulgence of partying stops. Legend says the first Mardi Gras took place March 3, 1699 when French explorers landed in what it is now Louisiana, a little south of New Orleans. The place they celebrated was named Point du Mardi Gras, named after a Parisian holiday from the Middle Ages. That sounded about right, huh? Not quite. Fact checking tells a different story. Despite New Orleans rich history of this celebration, historians say that the first Mardi Gras was actually celebrated in Mobile, Alabama. The Commerce Department of Moblie states that the real first Mardi Gras was in their city in 1703. The citizens of Mobile introduced the celebration to New Orleans years later in or around 1830. It wasn’t until 1857 that the big parades with floats were introduced. The real history of this celebration goes back to Christianity’s roots in paganism, I don’t have time for all that today. All the major religious holidays are rooted in paganism which of course includes Astrology (the changing date of Easter Sunday is determined using Astrology). Most people don’t realize that Christmas is based on a pagan tradition with the Winter Solstice. This holiday is more than just about boobs, drinking and beads!!!! Now you know. #RealAstrologyWayne#astrology #mardigras #fattuesday #paganism

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