Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday in French, is a worldwide celebration that takes place on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. This festive event, often referred to as Carnival, is celebrated by millions of people and represents a day of indulgence before the start of Lent.
The roots of Mardi Gras can be traced back to Rome, where local traditions were merged with Christian holidays after Christianity became the dominant religion. This included incorporating Mardi Gras into the season leading up to Lent, a period during which Christians traditionally fast for 40 days before Easter Sunday.
Mardi Gras began as a celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama in the United States. However, it has since spread to many other countries and regions around the world. The Carnival season actually begins on January 6th, known as the Feast of the Epiphany. During this time, many locations host weeks-long festivities with elaborate parades, colorful floats and people dressed in ornate costumes.
Over time, Mardi Gras has evolved into a more international celebration. Countries such as France, Germany