Mardi Gras Research Paper

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Dating back thousands of years, Mardi Gras has been one of the Catholic Church’s most widespread and withstanding traditions. Also known as Carnival or Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is “a lively and colorful” event celebrated by Catholics preceding the Lenten season in February. While its intentions are presumably religious and spiritual, the meaning behind Mardi Gras has vastly changed since its establishment and is now strongly associated with wild debauchery and gluttony. Considering its roots and original purpose, we can see from the ways in which Mardi Gras is celebrated today how much of its religious roots have been stripped in exchange for the excuse to engage in transgressions. For centuries, Mardi Gras has consisted of a series of celebrations…show more content…
Like remembering Jesus’s sacrifices, we employ re-membering as a ritual form of remembering such that it brings the community together to participate in shared memories and experiences. Staal discusses the obvious reasons in which “the ritual creates a bond between participants” and “reinforces solidarity” (Staal 134).These festivals and parties in celebration of Mardi Gras are adopted by Catholics as a form of remembering the sacrifices that Jesus made for them by celebrating with others that also share these same…show more content…
In the same way that Staal argues this, Mardi Gras is not necessarily “meaningless” but rather it is meaningless in the sense that those participating in these festivities are doing it without any real justification or symbolic meaning behind it. In this particular “ritual activity, the activity itself is all that counts” (Staal 133). Many of the people participating in the parades are not concerned with its Catholic background, but rather see it as a large party and an excuse to engage in illicit

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