Lupercalia Festival

@celticeagle (115058)
Boise, Idaho
February 9, 2016 5:25pm CST
Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years. Lupercalia, a festival held in the middle of February, was believed to bring health and fertility to the city and get rid of all evil spirits. The Catholic Church felt it was a pagan affair and had tried unsuccessfully to abolish the festival. So they made the festival a celebration of the coming of Lent. Lent is 40 days long where meat was abstained from and only fish eaten. Without refrigeration meat needed to be eaten the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, it became the day of feasting, or in French Mardi Gras meaning Fat Tuesday. On March, 3, 1699 a French explorer, Sieur de’ La Salle started exploring the Mississippi River setting up camp just 60 miles south of where New Orleans is today. In honor of the Mardi Gras celebration in Paris he declared the site ‘Pointe du Mardi Gras’, or Point of Mardi Gras. When governor Marquis de Vaudreuil started having elegant society balls Mardi Gras developed into a grand tradition. In 1837 masked and costumed revelers in carriages paraded the streets and the first Mardi Gras was documented. In 1857 a secret society of New Orleans businessmen called the Mistick Krewe of Comus organized a torch lit Mardi Gras procession with rolling floats and marching bands setting the tone for futures celebrations in the city. Krewes have remained a fixture of the carnival scene in Louisiana. Other lasting costumes include masks, beads and trinkets, eating King cakes and decorating floats. In New Orleans carnival season begins after Epiphany or Twelfth Night and is on January 6. It has also been traditionally apart of the Winter social season. Plenty of masked balls, parades, and king cake parties. At one time young women’s coming out parties or detante parties were scheduled during this time. Louisiana is the only state in which Mardi Gras is a legal holiday. In other parts of the country, such as Alabama and Mississippi, have elaborate carnival festivals and each region has its own events and traditions. Pre-lenten festivals take place in countries with significant Roman Catholic populations. In Canada Quebec City hosts the giant Quebec Winter Carnival. In Denmark the children gather candy much like Halloween in the US. In Venice, Italy there is the famous Carnevale in which they have masquerade balls that date back to the 13th century. This year the Mardi Gras will be held on Tuesday, February,.9, 2016. More information on the parade can be found at: This was previously posted by me on Knoji, Persona Papers, and Bubblews. Image courtesy of Flickr.com
Everything you need to know about Mardi Gras, including updated parade routes, traditions, the best places to get Mardi Gras beads, masks, king cakes and more!
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@LadyDuck (121895)
• Switzerland
10 Feb 16
Yesterday we celebrated Mard Gras, it's not an official holiday, but many offices are close in the afternoon to let people assist to the parades.
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Feb 16
That is nice. I would like to see it someday.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Feb 16
That is interesting info about Mardi Gras, much of which I never knew.
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Feb 16
That is why I wrote it several years ago. I didn't know and wondering so I did some research and wrote it.
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
10 Feb 16
Lupercalia always makes me think of a were holiday or something
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Feb 16
One of the more popular ones.
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@amadeo (47974)
• United States
9 Feb 16
Ash Wednesday tomorrow.I normally pay a visit to my church here.To start the lent
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Feb 16
Am not religious but find the different ceremonies interesting.
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