Tuesday, February 17, 2009

laissez le bon temps rouler.......

.............. Let The Good Times Roll

I think that when it comes to Mardi Gras there is a misconception that it only takes place in New Orleans. New Orleans is certainly famous for it's Mardi Gras, but in fact Mardi Gras celebrations are all over Louisiana and Texas as well. Coach Dad even told me that they celebrate their own form of Mardi Gras in California. As I was researching more information on Mardi Gras to share with you, learned a new fact myself. Mardi Gras in America was actually begun in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. It wasn't until 1857, a year after the founding of a Mobilian mystic society, its members brought Mardi Gras to New Orleans. Yeah... I know, I was surprised too.

Mardi Gras has its historical roots in ancient European customs. The "Traditional Cajun Mardi Gras" dates further back in time than the New Orleans' style Mardi Gras. The term Mardi Gras which is French for "Fat Tuesday", refers to the ancient Druid custom of using oxen in celebrations commemorating the end of winter and the coming of spring. Hundreds of years ago, in France, the poor farmers did not have much to eat during the winter. When all the food was gone, the aristocrats would allow them to beg from house to house. During this time of celebration, the farmers would mock the kings, queens, bishops and teachers by dressing like them, but in rags and tattered clothing. As years passed the begging day turned into a holiday. Oxen were ceremoniously paraded through the village streets and countryside and then the oxen was hoisted above a wooden grate and sacrificed, thereby becoming the final meat meal before the start of what would later be known as Lent. The young Catholic Church adopted and purified this ritual, thus carnival as a pre-Lenten celebration was born. Carnival, loosely translated as "farewell to the flesh," stems from the Latin carnelevare. Carnival usually refers to the three or four week season of balls and pageants immediately prior to Fat Tuesday. When the French Acadians, or Cajuns, settled in Louisiana, they brought this old custom with them.

~ Lake Charles, LA Mardi Gras Trivia

I'll have more information and history for you tomorrow on Mardi Gras.


I stopped by "Betty's This and That" this morning and saw that Betty's husband, Ed discovered Sunday night that he had blood in his urine. He was to see his doctor yesterday and Betty asked that we keep Ed in our prayers. I have provided a link to Betty's blog so you can stop by and offer them a few words of support.


May your blessings be many, as you travel through life's journey.


Love is.........
........Unconditional

11 comments:

Lanny said...

Carne - meat. I will forever remember my Logics instructor bringing in a label from a can of chili. "Chili Con Carne without meat". Boy did we hear about absurdities that day!

Betty said...

I didn't realize Mardi Gras went back to 1703 and is held in other cities and states other than New Orleans, La. Interesting fact.

Jo, thank you so much for posting on your blog about Ed's health issue. I really, really appreciate you doing that. You are a sweetie.

Tracy said...

Wow ty for the interesting facts regarding Mardi Gras. I will say a prayer for Ed.

I hope you have a blessed day!

Prixie said...

good to know - about the mardi gras. good wishes to betty

Mother Mayhem said...

Thanks for the history lesson!

What on earth is a mudbug?

Sweetie said...

Of course Ed is in my prayers. Thanks so much for the background information on the Mardi Gras. I realize now how little that I know. Also, thank you so sharing on my blog your Willow Tree story.
Hugs,
Sweetie

Rhea said...

Hey, good music on your site!

Julie said...

Thanks for the Cajun music. I love it!

Connie said...

Hi Jo, I never realized that your state resembles a boot. Is it just me or does it really ?
I know you have a lot of fun down there.

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Nice dispatch and this post helped me alot in my college assignement. Say thank you you on your information.