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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras and Pancake Day Lessons and Teacher Resources

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From the French term, “Mardi Gras” (literally “Fat Tuesday”), [carnival season] has come to mean the whole period of activity … between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period as being Mardi Gras…. Other cities most famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Quebec City, Quebec in Canada, Mazatlan, Sinaloa in Mexico, [Mobile, Alabama] and New Orleans in the United States. Many other places have important Mardi Gras celebrations as well. Carnival is an important celebration in most of Europe (except in Ireland and the United Kingdom where the festival is called “shrovetide” ending on Shrove Tuesday or “Pancake Day“, and pancakes are the tradition) and also in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. –

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