Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnivale. Whatever you happen to call it in your culture; it is traditionally a day of gluttony and gorging on goodies before Ash Wednesday tomorrow. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, which is a penitential liturgical season that leads up to Easter and the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a day of obligatory fast and abstinence for Catholics. Also each Friday of Lent is a day of abstinence from meat binding for all Catholics.
Many people give up something for Lent. I myself abstain from meat throughout the whole Lenten season, not just Fridays. It is also a time for almsgiving and charity. I pray that your Lent is a fruitful one. One can certainly draw closer to God through penitential acts. God bless.
Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia