When is Mardi Gras?
February 11, 2019
Many people want to know when Mardi Gras is so that they can plan their parties, balls and parades accordingly, but have you ever wondered WHY Mardi Gras is on a different date every year?
When Mardi Gras will take place depends on Easter Sunday. Easter is always on the first Sunday that follows the Paschal moon (the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox). Therefore, Easter can be any Sunday between March 23rd and April 25th.
Mardi Gras will always be 46 days before Easter. This accounts for the “40 days of Lent” plus the 6 Sundays during the Lenten season. French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras marks the last day of “partying” before Lent begins.
Some might ask, “why does the date for Mardi Gras matter?” – Well, for all of us in South Louisiana, it determines how long we get to party! Mardi Gras is the last day of “Carnival season” A.K.A. “Mardi Gras season” which always begins after the 12th night of Christmas, January 6th.
So, during years where Easter and Mardi Gras are earlier in the year, we often must cram in all the celebrations. Every Krewe needs to throw their annual ball, each town has to host their parades, and everyone should have at least one chance to get the King Cake baby before Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras.
Whether Mardi Gras comes early or falls a little later, everyone who participates in the festivities always has a blast. So, if you are planning to celebrate this year, make sure you catch some beads, do a little dancing, have a few drinks, and eat a couple pieces of King Cake before it is too late!
Click here for a list of this year’s Mardi Gras festivities in Acadiana!
By: Whitney Ross, Lafayette Native