Friday, February 1, 2008

That Time Again!

Well, it's that time again down here in Louisiana ... a time of drunkenness and total loss of self-control and dignity - Mardi Gras! My family usually tries to get out of town for the week. We went skiing last year. We are not Catholic and don't actually celebrate the holiday. The actual history of this holiday began in ancient Rome. When Rome embraced Christianity, the early Church fathers decided to incorporate certain aspects of their former pagan rituals into their new faith, rather than get rid of them. Makes sense (sarcasm). "Carnival," as it was called, became a time of abandon and merriment that happened before Lent, thus giving a Christian interpretation to the ancient custom. Basically, meaning Lent is coming and you're going to be asked to sacrifice something so you better get all your sinning out of the way. Seriously? I wonder what God thinks about all that. Granted, there is a children's parade that I would probably take my children to, just to catch some beads, and the traditional king cake is yummy (Meche's is the best), but the rest of the time we avoid the area because of the craziness that goes on. If you've ever been to Mardi Gras down here, you know what I'm talking about (although it's better here than in New Orleans - sheesh!). So, I guess we'll stay in and play games and watch movies. I'd rather do that instead.


SnapHappyInkyMomma said...

I've always wanted to go down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras . . . but I'm thinking as a 37 year old, mother of two, my time has passed!

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Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

I've really had no desire to do the whole Marti Gras thing. Maybe I'm a bum that way. However, I did try my first king cake a few years ago that a friend brought from LA. It is quite yummy!

As for the whole "religious" background... that is very in-ter-est-ing. I learned something today! :)