Mardi Gras

"Fat" or Shrove Tuesday

How to calculate the Mardi Gras date

First, determine the date for Easter of any given year (which is the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the Spring Equinox) and then count back 47 days (40 days of Lent plus Holy Week) to find Mardi Gras Day.

Mardi Gras can be as early as February 3rd and as late as March 9th.

Dictionary Definition of Mardi Gras

Dictionary: Mardi Gras
Pronunciation: 'mär-dE-"grä, in New Orleans commonly -"gro
Function: noun
Etymology: French, literally, fat Tuesday
Date: 1699
  • Shrove Tuesday often observed (as in New Orleans) with parades & festivities
  • A carnival period climaxing on Shrove Tuesday
  • A festive occasion resembling a pre-Lenten Mardi Gras

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