Just a quick note (on a non-blog day for me) to acknowledge that today is Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French. Mardi Gras came to the United states in 1699 with the French explorer Iberville.
The History of Mardi Gras dates back to an ancient Roman celebration in mid February. It was a circus like festival somewhat like Mardi Gras today. "When Rome embraced Christianity, the early Church fathers decided it was better to incorporate certain aspects of pagan rituals into the new faith rather than attempt to abolish them altogether. Carnival became a period of abandon and merriment that preceded the penance of Lent."
Mardi Gras is celebrated the Tuesday before Lent. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and spans the forty-six days before Easter. The Tuesday before is the last day to live it up, eat drink and be merry. Hence Fat Tuesday. Have you ever celebrated Mardi Gras?