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CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS!

CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS!

It’s Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday,” a  celebration that marks the end of Carnival and precedes the beginning of Lent. For some interesting trivia and to learn more about the history of this fun event, click on the following link:

http://www.bluemountain.com/blog/2012/02/a-little-mardi-gras-history/

If you already know all the ins and outs of this annual festivity, and want to test your knowledge, you can take the quizzes at mardigrasunmasked.com/mardi-gras-trivia-challenge/ We have to warn you though, the questions are pretty tough!

If you’d like to send or post the above Mardi Gras postcard from bluemountain.com, please click here.

 

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eCard of the Week – Happy Mardi Gras postcard!

eCard of the Week   Happy Mardi Gras postcard!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you prefer Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras – it’s a day to celebrate with good friends and good food! We thought this festive Mardi Gras postcard would be perfect as our eCard of the week to help you get in the Mardi Gras spirit. This postcard was designed by Blue Mountain artist Terry Flores, and captures the magical essence of this celebratory holiday! This postcard is great to post on a friend’s facebook wall, or even post it on your own to wish all your friends a Happy Mardi Gras.

Know someone with a birthday around Mardi Gras? In addition to this postcard, send them a fun Birthday eCard for double the celebration! No matter if you’re looking for Talking eCards, fun Postcards or Holiday eCardsBlue Mountain is sure to help you stay connected and celebrate!

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A little Mardi Gras history


A little Mardi Gras history

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mardi Gras is February 12th this year, and with it comes music, parades, krewes, beads, and celebration!  You can find a mask, create a costume,  head to New Orleans, or participate in colorful local events. It’s a big celebration, but what is it exactly and how did the whole thing get started?

“Fat Tuesday” marks the last day of the Carnival season, a period of rich feasting and frivolity which follows Epiphany and is the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins. It’s a floating holiday and its date varies slightly because it must fall 47 days before Easter Sunday.

In 1856, a group of businessmen founded New Orleans’ first and oldest krewe, the Mistick Krewe of Comus and in 1857, held its first parade. Comus is the oldest continuously active Mardi Gras Organization and is responsible for starting a number of traditions that continue today including the use of floats in parades.

The traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold, and green have their roots in political
and religious arenas. In 1872 the Rex Organization invented the King of the Carnival festivities and the first Rex selected the colors and the significance they hold today. A new king (Rex) is chosen each year by the School of Design in New Orleans, the sponsors of the Rex parade. In the “city that care forgot,” the parade champions make sure that visitors and natives alike follow Rex who will always set their hearts to music with “If ever I cease to love.”

Here are some extra Mardi Gras fun facts:

  • Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”
  • Mardi Gras celebrations have their origins in the ancient Roman festival, Lupercalia. It is considered the last great indulgence before the 40-day fasting period of Lent.
  • Mardi Gras migrated to the United States by way of many French influences, including French explorer Pierre le Moyne d’Iberville in the Louisiana territory
    in 1699.
  • The first Mardi Gras parade in the United States was held in Mobile, Alabama
    in 1830.
  • The official colors of Mardi Gras are green (faith), purple (justice) and gold (power).
  • Krewe: a non-profit organization or club participating in a parade.
  • The first “throw” (beads or small trinkets) happened in 1837 when a krewe member tossed small “gifts” to parade revelers.

So, how are you going to celebrate Mardi Gras? Try making a famous King Cake, decorating fun masks, throw a party or post a Mardi Gras postcard on your wall or email one to a friend!

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