Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Party's Over

Esther 9:22 (NLT) He told them to celebrate these days with feasting and gladness and by giving gifts of food to each other and presents to the poor.

How was your big celebration?

What?  You didn't celebrate Mardi Gras?  Me either.  I spent Tuesday waiting in airports trying to get out of Boston!  I didn't see much celebrating with all the snow delays.

What's Mardi Gras all about anyway?  And why does such a worldwide party always culminate on a Tuesday?

Although many revelers might not practice much in the way of religion, Mardi Gras occurs as part of the Christian calendar.  Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which is a season of repentance, humility, and self-sacrifice preparing us for Christ's crucifixion.  So, on the eve of this somber season, people get their party on.

Our church held a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper (a week early due to school vacation).  Why this tradition?  Because people tried to use up the rich foods in the pantry like cream, butter and sausages before this season of self-denial and that sounds a lot like a pancake supper.

I'll write more about Lent in my next post.

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