Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Happy Fat Tuesday
Eat,drink and be merry for tomorrow Lent begins.
Mardi Gras - Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll)
Many people throughout the world and especially in the U.S. celebrate the day before the beginning of the Christian Lenten Season. It is the day when you can indulge yourself in your heart's desire because on Wednesday you give up a vice or guilty pleasure in honor of the 40 day journey Jesus Christ took before he died on the cross. It is called in English "Fat Tuesday". Parades are held and major parties with all the decadence you can imagine on hand.
Most people observe the Mardi Gras part. Not many know the origin or that the next day a 40 day fast or sacrifice of comforts is suppose to follow. Having been raised Catholic I remember the Lenten season and as an adult still honor it. There is nothing wrong with taking 40 days to reflect or abstain from a vice or indulgence and to re-focus on why you are really here.
Whatever your belief is, most of us believe we are here on this earth for more than just a good time. Most of us know because of our chosen professions that service to others is key to our life's fulfillment. So eat. drink and be merry (because we all need to unwind). Then tomorrow re-focus on what really matters.
Safely serving other.
Have a Happy Mardi Gras.