It makes sense that Mardi Gras should become part of my series of favorite religious holidays. After all, the seldom told story (at least in my family) is that Mardi Gras (also known as: Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday) is the final day, the culmination of the Christian Feast that commenced on Three Kings Day (El Dia de los Reyes, Epiphany). Y El Dia de los Reyes, is my favorite!!!
The morning after Mardi Gras, we begin the season of Lenten Fasting, we partake in the sharing of Ashes on Ash Wednesday as a PUBLIC affirmation of our faith in God. Lent lasts 46 days (40 days of fasting which excludes the 6 Sundays which are not days of fast). These occur before Easter.
Every year I try to figure out ahead of time what I will “give up” as my Lenten Fast… For the last few years I have done…
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