Mardi Gras is a celebratory time of year that’s steeped in rich history and traditions. Every year, people from all over the world gather for parades, good eats and a ton of fun. But unlike many other holidays, the day changes every year. So if you’re hoping to throw some beads, eat some King Cake and attend a ball, you’ll need to know what day is best to catch all the festivities. And even though events had been canceled or toned down in previous years due to the pandemic, according to Mardi Gras New Orleans’ site, the celebrations are in full throttle this year.
When is Mardi Gras 2023?
Mardi Gras changes dates each year because it is connected to Easter, which also changes dates each year. Mardi Gras always falls exactly 47 days before Easter. This year, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. However, the Carnival season is much longer than just one day. Each year, Carnival begins on January 6, or the Feast of the Epiphany in the Christian faith. The season ends on Mardi Gras, which is always the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season in the Christian faith. That means that this year, Carnival runs from January 6 to February 20.
What is Mardi Gras, and why is it celebrated?
The name Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, so called because it is the last day of feasting before the sacrifices and fasting that define the Christian season of Lent. But despite the fact that the holiday is associated with the Christian faith, everyone can participate. In New Orleans, the entire city does. Different clubs, or krewes, host parades and masked balls in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, and the holiday is renowned for merry-making and fun.
When is Mardi Gras next year?
Here is when Mardi Gras will fall in the coming years:
- 2024: February 13
- 2025: March 4
- 2026: February 17
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