So these days, many countries around the world (so does Greece), celebrate Mardi Gras and the Carnival! As the so sweet Andrews Sisters used to say in one of their songs ”life is like a Mardi Gras”. But what is really the Mardi Gras? 🎉
Mardi Gras refers to the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of Epiphany and culminating one day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for ”Fat Tuesday” reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.
So the carnivals and the Mardi Gras are pretty much the same thing! Some of the most well-known carnivals all around the world are the: Tenerife Carnival (Spain), Venice Carnival (Italy), Rio de Janeiro Carnival (Brazil), Binche Carnival (Belgium), Mardi Gras (New Orleans, USA), Cadiz Carnival (Spain), Oruro Carnival (Bolivia), Viareggio Carnival (Italy), Trinidad and Tobago Carnival (Trinidad), Sitges Carnival (Spain), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival (Gran Canaria), Ivrea Carnival (Italy), Torelló Carnival (Spain), Antroxu, Asturias (Spain), Notting Hill Carnival (London)! ❤️ ️
Something that you might not know about Mardi Gras:
King Cake is only eaten during Mardi Gras.
Available only during the Mardi Gras season, king cake is typically made with brioche dough. Braided and laced with cinnamon, the dough is then glazed with purple, green and gold sugar or covered in icing in those same Mardi Gras colors. What really sets king cake apart from other desserts, however, is the small plastic baby hidden inside. Whoever finds the baby in his or her slice must buy the next cake or perhaps host the next party.
Do you guys celebrate the Carnival or the Mardi Gras in your country? If so, in what way?
Thank you so much for reading darlings! I hope you liked this post.
Have a wonderful new week full of positivity and i’ll see you all on my next post!
A Vintage Athenian💋