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When is Ash Wednesday 2011?

by Gerard Walen. Posted Feb 4th 2011 04:00 PM
When is Ash Wednesday?

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Ash Wednesday 2011 will mark the beginning of the season of Lent in the Catholic Church. The date of the observance differs each year; in 2011, Ash Wednesday falls on March 9. Lent is a season of repentance, prayer and fasting in the Catholic faith, and certain rituals take place for followers of the religion.
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Fat Tuesday Overview

by Gerard Walen. Posted Jan 28th 2011 09:56 AM
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"Fat Tuesday" is the English translation of the French "Mardi Gras," a day of feasting and celebration before the start of the fasting and abstinence of the Catholic religion's 40 days of Lent. Also known as "Carnival," Fat Tuesday in most communities – especially New Orleans, Louisiana – encompasses parades, parties and lots and lots of feasting, especially on rich and fatty foods.
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What is Mardi Gras?

by Gerard Walen. Posted Jan 27th 2011 01:48 PM
What is Mardi Gras?

Translated from the French, Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday." In short, it's the last day before the traditional Catholic Lenten fasting season leading up to Easter Sunday. For those cities that celebrate it – most famously New Orleans, Louisiana – Mardi Gras means feasts, multiple parades, elaborate costumes and parties. Though the celebration is defined by religious parameters, its roots stretch back to before Christianity.
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