Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, came about because
1) Christians love any excuse for a party, and
2) Back in the old days, when fasting was socially mandatory, it was the last night to use up any fat and/or oil.
Nowadays, where ‘fasting’ has taken on a whole different set of meanings for those who celebrate the season of Lent, it’s an awesome way to
a) have a party, and
b) raise some funds for the youth group or disaster relief or whatever.
So tonight, I’m rolling out to my church to have lots and lots of pancakes.
And if you’re not aware of my feelings about ‘giving up’ for Lent, I would like to direct you to my post from a few years back, STFU about the chocolate.