"Fat" or Shrove Tuesday
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.
When is Mardi Gras and why?
It can be as early as February 3rd and as late as March 9th.
Dates of Mardi Gras
| February 24th 2009 |
February 16th 2010
March 8th 2011
February 21st 2012
| February 12th 2013 |
March 4th 2014
February 17th 2015
February 9th 2016
Mardi Gras Links
- Mardi Gras - New Orleans, LA, USA website
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: website which has Carnival Page ( Carnaval - festa de todos ) in English
- Rio from Carnaval.com: website
- Trinidad & Tobago Carnival: website
Dictionary Definition of Mardi Gras
| Dictionary: Mar·di Gras |
Pronunciation: 'mär-dE-"grä, in New Orleans commonly -"gro
Etymology: French, literally, fat Tuesday