When is Mardi Gras in 2017? See our dates for Fat Tuesday—plus the meaning of Mardi Gras!
Why is Mardi Gras celebrated? Why is Mardi Gras also called Shrove Tuesday? Read what The Old Farmer’s Almanac has to say, then visit the great sites below to learn more!
I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
- Mark Twain, American writer (1835 - 1910)
Mardi Gras Dates 2017-2019
|2017||Tuesday, February 28|
|2018||Tuesday, February 13|
|2019||Tuesday, March 5|
What is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”—the final feasting before the fasting of Lent, which begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is also called Shrove Tuesday, a name that comes from the practice of shriving—purifying oneself through confession—prior to Lent.
Many of the names applied to this day relate to food and eating. In many Latin countries, Mardi Gras is the culmination of the carnival season of revelry and feasting. Among the Pennsylvania Dutch, this Tuesday is Fastnacht (fast night), and everyone enjoys the traditional fastnachtkuchen, a rectangular doughnut with a slit in the middle. If you’re not up to traveling to the big Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, you might want to build a miniature float for the parade or sample some of the food served at this event.
Visit the Mardis Gras and Cajun Food Recipe Guide to find out how to make Crawfish Bisque or Cajun Shrimp Creole!