What do the colors of carnival mean?All about the history of the celebration
What do the colors of carnival mean? The celebration, also known as Fat Tuesday, will take place today, February 16. Traditionally, Mardi Gras always takes place before the start of Lent and is associated with the city of New Orleans.
So, let’s look back at the history of that time.
What is a carnival?
Carnival refers to events during Carnival until Lent.
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It begins on or after the Christian holiday of Epiphany and ends the day before Ash Wednesday.
It is also known around the world as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.
Some think Carnival may have come from ancient Roman pagan celebrations of spring and fertility.
In the UK, Shrove Tuesday is usually celebrated by eating pancakes.
Pancakes are associated with celebrations as they are a great way to use up rich foods like eggs, milk and sugar before the festivities traditional fasting 40 days of Lent for Christians.
Mardi Gras, on the other hand, is associated with New Orleans, Louisiana. Celebrations usually last for two weeks, with a large parade every day. Many festivities center around Bourbon Street.
This first The Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans in February 1857 took place.
What do the colors of carnival mean?
The Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green are associated with the New Orleans celebration.
but why?Well, Carnival Creolex’s Merchant Hope honor In 1872, visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanov came to the city.
As a result, they added the Romanovs’ greens, purples and golds to the parade festivities, and they’ve stuck with it ever since.
As for the meaning of the carnival colors, purple represents justice, gold represents power, and green represents faith.
1872 was also the year of the carnival season, when the carnival anthem If Ever I Cease To Love was introduced – because the Duke loved it.
Celebrating “Yardi Gras” in 2021
Like many other events in 2021, this year’s carnival looks very different.
But the New Orleans native won’t be beaten by the coronavirus restrictions! So they’ve been making their houses look like parade floats – many refer to the celebration as “Yardi Gras”.
happy #MardiGras2021 🎉
Despite the cancellation of the parade, New Orleans kept the party going by decorating their homes like floats. Hopefully this time next year the city will be back again as there is no more parties like the Mardi Gras party! pic.twitter.com/l7uZVcYfoy
— Zachary Parker (@ZacharyforWard5) February 16, 2021
However, the city’s streets, usually packed with celebratory locals and tourists, are eerily quiet today.
Thankfully, you can still celebrate Mardi Gras at home.A highlight is Carnival for everyonea three-day celebration of local talent.
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Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland, specializing in journalism, culture and politics. She studied Political Science at Queen’s University Belfast before completing her MA in Journalism at the University of Ulster. Always scouring social media for the latest trends and crazes, her main interests lie in digital culture and internet trends.
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