Ancient Roman Festivals Of Mardi Gras

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Slide 1: The tradition we chose was Mardi Gras. Slide 2: So What is Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras is a tradition that goes back thousands of years to Ancient Roman Festivals. Mardi Gras is known for its giant celebrations where everyone parties and eats whatever they want before Lent starts. Slide 3: Mardi Gras originated from Rome, going back thousands of years to Pagan Celebrations including Roman Festivals of Spring and Fertility, also known as Saturnalia and Lupercalia. Historians say that the first Mardi Gras was celebrated in 1162. It is said that on March 3, 1699 French Explorers landed in what is today Louisiana. There was a celebration and nicknamed the spot “Point du Mardi Gras.” You may have heard of Mardi Gras as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, when Lent starts. Shrove Tuesday references “shriving” or confessions, preparing the Christians for the fasting ahead. Slide 4: The country of origin is Italy, with its capital as Rome. The population of Italy is about 60.8 million. Rome is the largest city with a population of about 2.9 million, and Venice is the second largest city with a population of about 2.6 million. Slide 5: About 87.8 percent of Italy is Christian, 5.8 percent is atheist, 2.8 percent is Muslim and 3.6 percent celebrate other religions. Slide 6: Mardi Gras is not only celebrated in Italy, it is celebrated all over. From the United States to Europe, to even South America. Mardi Gras is one of the most celebrated

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