Busted Halo
February 23rd, 2009

Mardi Gras and Carnival


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Lenten Fast Fact

Italians started the original tradition of “festive sinning” for three days before Ash Wednesday. These often took the form of debaucheries like fornicating in the street and continual drunkenness. In a sense, people were living the high life before the grind of 40 days of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

A second thought is that some people felt they should do something to feel penitent about. The word “carnival” is misleading as to the origins of the feast, because in Italian “carnevale” means literally, “goodbye, meat.”

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  • Brian Heagney

    So…I still don’t understand this busted halo site. Is this page advocating drunken orgies? Is the site for people living worldly lives while keeping to the religious calendar? I honestly can’t tell. But then again, I’ve only looked at the first “lent” page and I jump to conclusions.

  • L2

    Reading about “carnevale” made me crave a nice steak yesterday. So, I went out for a steak dinner and some pre-Lent beer last night only to find out that they were out of my favorite beer! On a positive note, it forced me to try something new. But I’m still left with a craving that I won’t be able to satiate until Easter :(

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