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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