Mardi Gras

(French, "Fat Tuesday"). Final climactic day of Carnival festivities, occurring on the last day before Lent (41 days before Easter). In some places, such as New Orleans, the term is applied to the entire Carnival season.

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Mardi Gras Spanish
Fasnacht
Fast Eve
Fastnacht
Fat Tuesday
Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Day British English
Vastenavond Dutch
martes de carnaval Spanish
martes antes de cuaresma Spanish
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Refers to the final climactic day of Carnival festivities, occurring on the last day before Lent. In some places, such as New Orleans, the term is applied to the entire Carnival season.

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300164207. The J. Paul Getty Trust.