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Easter will be upon us near the end of March this year. Before Easter, there is Lent.

Our awareness of Lent usually starts on Fat Tuesday and this year it’s on Feb. 12. Right the next day will be Ash Wednesday, the day when Catholics go to church to have ashes placed on their foreheads in awareness of our mortality.

This day is when we clear our cupboards of the remaining flour and other fatty goods by feasting on them before we start abstaining and fasting at times for the upcoming Lenten season.

In the western world, it’s usually a big serving of pancakes.

In New Orleans,Louisiana,USA, it’s in the form of a big party called Mardi Gras. (2 French words literally meaning Tuesday Fat–pronounced as mardi gra).

Whichever way you look at it, it’s feasting and partying before Lent,┬áso enjoy until Easter comes around.

Josie