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Mardi Gras

MARDI GRAS is Fat Tuesday! It's the last night of eating rich and fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season which begins the next day on Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday -- from the word “shrive” meaning “confess.” KING CAKE is a southern Mardi Gras tradition served throughout the Carnival season which lasts from Epiphany Eve through Fat Tuesday. Inside the cake you'll find a trinket -- traditionally a dried bean or a small plastic baby representing the baby Jesus. The person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations. It has become customary in ...