Mardi Gras is a huge celebration – parades, floats, beads, king cake, and more – which begins several weeks before the official FAT TUESDAY.
Like many things, society as moved from the roots of our traditions to a commercialized or completely different type of celebration. We forget the history and focus on fun.
This weekend is the last weekend of celebration before Catholics begin the Lenten season and fast for 40 days. That is when the true celebration should begin, when we are fasting.
Today we will have more parades, party goers, and family gatherings. Today many will eat, drink, and have a great time all in the name of Mardi Gras. Children will go home with bags of beads and other throws. Many adults will go home drunk. And tomorrow they will get up and do it all over again. And again on Monday and then all day on Tuesday. Then Wednesday morning…..Ash Wednesday….there will be many with ashes on their forehead who are nursing a major headache/hangover. Happy Mardi Gras.
No, I’m not against Mardi Gras. And I’m not a religious fanatic who is anti-fun. I’ve taken my children and out of town family to many parades. We’ve picked our spot, pitched up a tent, fired up the pit, and made our camp for the day. Good times and good memories, which is really what life is about.
I’m simply reflecting on the change of times. Maybe it’s because of the news stories of shootings, injuries, and other tragedies that overshadow the celebration. For those who have never experienced a Louisiana Mardi Gras….it’s something to put on your bucket list. For those who have, or do, I say Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulet.
Enjoy, Celebration, Make Memories