The Halloween spirit was in full effect this weekend, with the big trend for 2019 being famous people dressing as other famous people. Instead of dressing up with friends and as an individual, why not celebrate the tradition as a family? Traditional French celebrations included masquerade balls that were held by a different family each weekend from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday. The length of the celebrations varies from country to country. Some of the celebrations are so historic and/or flamboyant, they draw huge crowds of visitors. This could mean up to a month or two of celebrations! What does Mardi Gras mean?
What does Carnival mean? Carnival is celebrated in many parts of the world, including Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Poland, UK, and more! Take a look, we have makeup for everyone, including skeletons, scarecrows, clowns and more. I interviewed several people and then researched what many leading Christian writers, authors and spokesmen have written about the subject. It has many names around the world, but all refer to the time of partying, parades, and good food before the Christian fasting period of Lent begins. Many places celebrate Mardi Gras and Carnival with parades, dancing, and music. Mardi Gras found its way to the US by the Le Moyne brothers who were sent from France to defend the French claim to Louisiane, an area covering modern Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and part of Texas. Although many traditionally French areas celebrate it (and it has been adopted elsewhere).
But, traditionally, the French celebrated Mardi Gras from the feast of the Epiphany (when the Three Kings visited the Baby Jesus) until Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is the period of celebration before the somber, fasting period of Lent begins for many Christians. This was the last day for people to use up all of the meat and animal products in their homes (eggs, milk, butter, etc), male celebrity costumes because Lent was a time of fasting from these items. Mardi Gras is the last day of the festive period of Carnival. While it specifically refers to one day, the name Mardi Gras typically refers to the whole period of festivities as well.
This refers to the fact meat was not eaten during Lent. Carnival, or Carnevale, is the Italian name for this period of celebration between Epiphany and Lent. The city turns into one giant party for the evening leading into the Italian national holiday on May 1st, May Day. Epiphany is a holy day that celebrates the revelation of Jesus to three Wise Men (or Kings) when they arrived at His place of birth after following the unusual star in the sky. The “White Night,” which occurs on the evening of April 30th, celebrates Spring with a night where no one sleeps! The “festival of lanterns” occurs on September 7th and celebrates the pilgrimage of farmers and foreigners coming to celebrate the birthday of the Virgin Mary. Traditionally, this is celebrated with Renaissance musicians, horses, dancers, and bands all coming together each year between February and March.