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History of Mardi Gras

by Christopher Curley. Posted Jan 25th 2011 01:05 PM
history of Mardi Gras

The history of Mardi Gras reaches back hundreds, if not thousands of years, depending on who you talk to. The more modern version has its origins with "Carnevale" time ("farewell to flesh" in Latin) first celebrated in Italy in 1094. As it is most places today, Carnival was a last-hurrah precursor to Ash Wednesday, the official start of Catholic Lent – the 40 of days of fasting and religious observance prior to Easter. Today, dozens of countries all over the world celebrate Carnival and Mardi Gras, almost anywhere that Catholicism had a strong influence among the early colonizers.
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Caribbean Islands to Avoid

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Feb 11th 2010 02:23 PM

Particularly when the frigid wrath of winter gusts across North America, few places lure like the Caribbean. But there are some things you should know about traveling in this diverse region, as the Caribbean is home to some danger zones. And while most tourists will never face a threat during their vacations, dangers still exist in the prettiest of places.
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