Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is synonymous with the revelry before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer. During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. Lents initial purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, which is why Lent last from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday (Fat Tuesday is used to get an excessive amount of whatever you're giving up the day before you give it up).
What will you give up for Lent?
If I shall die before they wake, I pray the Lord my shades are safe.