Well, it’s Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, and the party’s about to end.
What? Did Tuesday Weld gain weight?
Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is the last day of the traditional Mardi Gras celebration. In fact, Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is also the last day of gluttony, excess, and major partying. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of the lenten season.
Shrove comes from the old English word shrive, which means to confess. Party hardy, then on Ash Wednesday, confess all your sins, give UP something you like for 40 days and repent…apparently, the end is near.
The origins of Mardi Gras are disputed. Some say it comes from Ancient Rome. They were a party nation, and it is probable that it started there.
They did have a celebration called Lupercalia. Lupercalia was associated with the Greek god Pan and the Roman deity Faunus.
Not this one…
The son of Hermes (not the scarf guy) and Penelope, Pan was the greek god of shepherds and flocks, hence the satyr or half man, half goat thing. Pan in particular was the god of fertility, male sexuality, and carnal desire. I’m guessin’ he was always horny!
In Greek mythology the satyrs are the lesser gods of the woods and hills. They have the UPper body of a man, only with horns, and the lower half is a goat, complete with tail.
They hung out with Dionysus, the god of wine – a total party animal – he, Dionysus, and they, the goat-guys spent their time drinking, dancing, chasing “nymphs”, and clubbing.
Ergo – the party atmosphere of Mardi Gras.
Well, after Constantine legalized Christianity and baptized his army with a pitcher of water, it, Christianity, became very popular – you may have heard about it.
Once Christianity took over, the early church leaders decided to be a tad inclusive and incorporated pagan festivals into the religion, the Huns and others were feeling left out. The celebrations all got new names and new purposes. Saturnalia became Christmas; the Egyptians celebrated a holiday where a bunny came out of the Nile and laid eggs – that became Easter, the Crucifiction and Resurrection of Christ just happened to be at the right time.
The Lupercalia PAC, not to be slighted, pushed for Mardi Gras, to be included, so now, we have the pre-cursor to Lent.
But anyway, until Ash Wednesday, sin away, pig out, eat UP, and party on.
Cause tomorrow it all ends!
Well, for at least 40 days.
Oh, and BTW, if you come into work Wednesday with too many beads, we’ll know what ‘cha been doin’!