It is "confession" time here in Georgia! I am not a Catholic, but I cannot resist the idea of the huge celebration of Mardi Gras, before the season of Lent begins. How can anyone resist the beautiful colors and the idea of "Fat Tuesday"?
Of course, Mardi Gras began as a pagan festival, which the Catholic church incorporated into the Christian religion. They did this with several holidays, because it was an easier transition into the new faith. I think this might explain some of the behaviors that occur, during Mardi Gras - especially in New Orleans!!
The colors of green, purple and gold were chosen by the New Orleans "Rex" krewe. This organization has been participating in the Mardi Gras festivities since 1872. Good job, gentlemen!! I love these colors, don't you?
Each year, it is so much fun to look for pieces for my Mardi Gras table. Fortunately, I spend a quite a lot of time in Panama City Beach, Florida, where a fairly new Mardi Gras tradition has begun. It is much easier to find supplies for Fat Tuesday there, than in my home town. That is where I found the purple and gold masks and some of my new Mardi Gras beads.
The other masks on the table were purchased online at the Mardi Gras Outlet store. Oh, how I love to browse through the products on that site!!
Did you know that the wearing of masks on Mardi Gras began in Venice, when the Venetians would celebrate "Carnevale" with masquerade balls? Carnevale or Carnival are different words used to describe Mardi Gras in countries like Italy, Canada and Brazil.
Did you know that Louisiana is the only state in which Mardi Gras is a legal holiday? How I would love to be there for the big party one day. New Orleans has long been one of my favorite cities!
I do hope that your Fat Tuesday is a great success! Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow, we diet!!! Lol!!
Place mats and feathered masks - Mardi Gras Outlet online
Gold and purple masks - Dollar Tree
Gold chargers - Old Time Pottery
Purple Plates - J C Penney "Chateau" from Replacements
Gold and Ivory luncheon plates - Syracuse "Wayne" from eBay
Green balloon wine glasses - Goodwill and eBay
Purple polka dot glasses - Pier I
Purple Laurie Gates flatware - Horchow
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