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ORIGIN OF CARNIVAL AND MARDI GRAS - KEY FACTS
Carnival is said to have originated in Egypt.
Carnival is mostly associated with Roman Catholics.
The original meaning of the word 'carnival' is 'farewell to meat', as it precedes the period of Lent.
Mardi Gras dates back to the medieval tradition of celebration before the arrival of Lent.
The day of Epiphany is marked by the beginning of the Carnival.
The date of Mardi Gras depends on the date of Easter.
There are forty days between the end of the Carnival and Easter.
In the Anglo-Saxon countries, Mardi Gras is called Fat Tuesday.
In the Christian calendar Mardi Gras is known as Shrove Tuesday.
Duringthe period of Lent one avoids eating fat.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.
Ash Wednesday marks the memory of Adam.
The festival of Easter commemorates and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
One consumes fat on the day before Lent called Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras.
The end of  Carnival marks the beginning of Lent.
Fat Tuesday precedes Ash Wednesday.
The carnival ends on Ash Wednesday.
Mi-Karem comes mid-way between the end of the carnival and Easter.
"The Coming of the Son of God into the Temple" is a feast also called Candlemas.
Candlemas is also called the crêpe day.
Valentine's day is a day of lovers which falls during the carnival period.
Dimanche Gras or Fat Sunday is the first day of the carnival.
Lundi Gras or Fat Monday is the day before Mardi Gras.
The three 'fat days', Fat Sunday, Fat Monday and Fat Tuesday are called Shrovetide.
In France, Lundi Gras or Fat Monday is also known as the 'day of the youth'.

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