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Happy Fat Tuesday!!! - trinalin thinks things through — LiveJournal
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Happy Fat Tuesday!!!
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trinalin From: trinalin Date: February 9th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
The usual practice at Lent is to fast in some manner or other. Some people give up eating bread for Lent, others pick Mountain Dew & Potato Chips (that's what my dad routinely gave up every Lent). Some people only eat at night (a la Ramadan). So the Tuesday before, you gouge yourself on all the stuff you're giving up during Lent (which is from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday). Hence, Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras: Mardi = Tuesday, Gras = big/fat).

When my sister was very young, she decided she was going to give up Coca Cola for Lent. The day after Ash Wednesday, one of us saw her with a bottle of Coke in her hands. "I thought you were giving that up for Lent?" "I thought Lent was yesterday?" Poor thing! I wonder if she still gives up stuff for Lent? I don't anymore, but that doesn't stop me from going out to the Chinese Buffet with my folks for Fat Tuesday. :-)
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