What is another name for Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is "Fat Tuesday" - the day before Ash Wednesday. Many Christians will fast or go on a reduced diet for the 40 days of Lent, the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. As a sort of "last hurrah" before the fasting of Lent, many cultures have a rowdy feast the day before; "Fat Tuesday"...

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What does Mardi Gras mean?

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. In the UK we call this day Shrove Tuesday. (Shrove comes from to shrive, an old word for Confession). It is also called 'Pancake Tuesday'.

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