In a close race with Thanksgiving, Fat Tuesday is the second best eating holiday of the year. This year it falls on February 21st.
Fat Tuesday, or “Mardi Gras,” in French, marks the last day leading up to the 40 days of Lent, a time of sacrifice and preparation before the Easter season. This day gives Christians the chance to come in contact with their inner gorger and be somewhat gluttonous, but only for the day of course.
Like many Christian holidays, Fat Tuesday is derived from a pagan holiday involving boundless eating and drinking. However, the Christian form of the day is meant to serve as one last chance to feast and celebrate before a time of fasting.
This ingenious holiday is celebrated by eating, obviously, but also through intense partying down in New Orleans. At Divine Child, we celebrate Fat Tuesday by wearing colorful beads around our necks and indulging in one, or maybe even two of those high calorie, but delicious paczkis.
Fat Tuesday is a delicious idea for a holiday, who wouldn’t want to eat a cream or fruit filled pastry? But remember, pace yourself, those things can be hundreds, maybe even a thousand calories and are no friend to your health…Happy Paczki Day!