28 February 2006
Happy Mardi Gras!
The quintessential day before lent when people world wide let it all hang out (some more literally than others). The day we indulge in Paczkis (those tasty little fruit or custard filled donut-type treats), eat red meat, do crazy things for those little strings of beads, and generally celebrate before the dark veil of Lent begins. It's called Shrove Tuesday (because we are supposed to confess our sins), Fat Tuesday (because, let's face it, we overeat today and then give up those sweets for the next 40 days until Easter) and Carnivale (because we celebrate like crazy).
For Catholics worldwide, it's the day we must look at Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, and choose to sacrifice something. We are given so many good things in life, what's a little self-sacrifice now and again?
What am I giving up? The same things my father always gave up...underwater basket weaving and skydiving. (ha! I'll let you guess....)