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Mardi Gras. Jaden Nichols. Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras translates to “Fat Tuesday” in English. The name originates from the ancient custom of a fat ox is paraded through Paris on this day. Accessories. On Mardi Gras, French people like to wear many different things for the celebration.

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mardi gras

Mardi Gras

Jaden Nichols

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Mardi Gras
  • Mardi Gras translates to “Fat Tuesday” in English.
  • The name originates from the ancient custom of a fat ox is paraded through Paris on this day.
accessories
Accessories

On Mardi Gras, French people like to wear many different things for the celebration.

  • They enjoy wearing many Mardi Gras bead necklaces.
  • They also like to wear big, feathery masks to celebrate.
celebrations

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Celebrations
  • On Mardi Gras, people like to dance in the streets, wear giant masks, put on plays, have parades, and dress up in costumes.
  • The form of celebration that is done depends on where you live.
history
History
  • Mardi Gras had been celebrated in Paris since the Middle Ages, where it was a major holiday.
  • Iberville sailed into the Gulf of Mexico, from where he launched an expedition up the Mississippi River.
  • On March 3 of 1699, Iberville had set up a camp on the west bank of the river about 60 miles south of where New Orleans is today.
  • This was the day Mardi Gras was being celebrated in France. In honor of this important day, Iberville named the site Point du Mardi Gras.
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Mardi Gras is a very famous holiday. It is celebrated all over the country with bright colors, hats, masks, beads, and all different kinds of decorations.

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Everyone likes to dress up on Mardi Gras! Big, flamboyant, colorful designs on masks, costumes, and clothes are very popular.

c o l o r s
COLORS

Purple symbolizes justice.

Yellow

(gold) symbolizes power.

Green symbolizes faith.

purpose
Purpose
  • Mardi Gras is a celebration prior to the fasting season Lent.
  • Lent in Christian tradition is a period for 40 days not counting Sundays.
  • To determine Mardi Gras, you find Easter day and count back 40 days (excluding Sundays) and you’ll find a Wednesday.
  • Then you count back one more day and it’s Mardi Gras!
places
Places
  • Many countries and cities worldwide celebrate Mardi Gras.
  • People all over France, New Orleans, Louisiana, some people in Alabama, Ireland, throughout Europe and Latin America, Germany, and Rio de Janeiro.
works cited
Works Cited
  • "About Mardi Gras in New Orleans | Mardi Gras 2012 | Mardi Gras Parade Schedule." About Mardi Gras in New Orleans | Mardi Gras 2012 | Mardi Gras Parade Schedule. Web. 07 May 2012.
  • <http://www.mardigrasday.com/>.
  • "The Traditions Of Mardi Gras." The Traditions Of Mardi Gras. Web. 07 May 2012.
  • <http://www.novareinna.com/festive/mardi.html>.
  •  "What Is Mardi Gras?" Mardi Gras. Web. 07 May 2012.
  • <http://www.dltk-kids.com/Crafts/mardigras/history.htm>.