Even though it’s looking like an icy, miserable Fat Tuesday for the Louisville and Southern Indiana folks, the rest of the world is about to drop Mardi Gras like it’s hot. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate; the whole point is to indulge before the Lenten fast. So it’s your last day to sin and do a bunch of stuff that’s bad for you. The U.S. and a few other countries are best known for going all out. Take a look at what we’re all missing:
Louisiana, Alabama, & Mississippi
As American’s we all know about the shenanigans in New Orleans, but don’t leave out Mobile, Alabama and Southern Mississippi.
In the Netherlands, Mardi Gras is also known as Carnival, originating from ‘Carne Vale’ which means “goodbye to the meat.” They take the ancient beliefs of this holiday very seriously – acting mischievously and reversing roles. This holds close to the country’s ancient belief in the god, Loki. Loki was a trickster and shape-shifter. One must be very careful on this night when Loki comes out to play.
Best known as Carnival, this day is celebrated throughout the country. The biggest turnout is in Rio De Janeiro, attracting over 2 million people every year.
In the city of Binche Mardi Gras is celebrated for almost a week leading up to the Carnival of Binche. It was proclaimed one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
In Germany the festival is known as “Eve of the Fast” (Fastnacht). Most of the famous parades are held on the Monday before Ash Wednesday, known as Rose Monday.
Leave it to Italia to be the most couture of the bunch. It is the birthplace of carnival celebrations. It is very mysterious, where medieval meets the renaissance.