Ash Wednesday
Mardi Gras: 5 things you need to know to 'Let the good times roll'

For those of you who think Mardi Gras is just about free pancakes and colorful beads, think again. Mardi Gras, which literally means Fat Tuesday, is deeply embedded in the Christian ethos, with a rich tradition of carefree, excessive pleasure and acting out as the counterpoint to the upcoming season of Lent. Here are some key considerations as tens of thousands of people gather in New Orleans, the traditional heart and soul of Carnival celebration in the United States. 1) What is Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the season of penance and prayer for Christians around the world. From New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro and...