They are the same thing. They’re always the Day Before Ash Wednesday.
Every year, I have coworkers gaily wishing, ‘Happy Fat Tuesday! Happy Mardi Gras! What does Mardi Gras stand for, anyway?’
Pancake Day / Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday was (and is) a BLOW OUT!
Think of when people say, ‘What are you giving up for Lent?’ People nowadays don’t live so austerely for faith but they will give up one thing. Of course, everybody’s different. Some completely non-religious people give up something for Lent and some otherwise pretty religious people don’t bother getting ashes on Ash Wednesday, nor give up anything for the season.
In the St. Louis region, -currently, there’s nothing in the finder but Lent hasn’t started yet. The link is still provided as proof that the local TV station sees the need to provide it! the Lenten season is known as FISH FRY SEASON! It’s a massive fundraiser, lasting all 40 days of Lent, for churches. They put on fish fries every Friday and sometimes other days.
At work, they bring in jambalaya and pastries (sometimes a King Cake) and have a raffle (50/50, this pays for other holidays). I’m very lucky and a certain coworker named Marie has learnt all about Celiac. She provided a whole HUGE fruit basket of apples, mandarin oranges and bananas (all things she has seen me eat). Is that not the sweetest thing in the world? I can eat those because they came perfectly packaged 🙂 I wish that I could do the pastries and jambalaya but having somebody think of me and provide options touches me, truly does.
What are you doing, you booze hounds? PS: my brother and foster sister (FS) both share today as a birthday, which happens to fall on Mardi Gras this year. Neither plan on making the most of it. You know I WOULD! 🙂