Iberville sailed into the Gulf of Mexico and, from there, launched an expedition along the Mississippi River. By March 3, 1699, Iberville had set up a camp on the West Bank of the River...about 60 miles south of the present day City of New Orleans in the State of Louisiana. Since that day was the very one on which Mardi Gras was being celebrated in France, Iberville named the site Point du Mardi Gras in honor of the festival. Some people don’t believe that this is an official Christian holiday. When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the 4th century A.D. “The carnival season kicks off with the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night, Three Kings' Day and, in the Eastern churches, Theophany. Epiphany, which falls on January 6, 12 days after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the Wise Men bearing gifts for the infant Jesus. In cultures that celebrate Carnival, Epiphany kicks off a series of parties leading up to Mardi Gras” (Retrieved from ). The day after Mardi Gras, “Ash Wednesday” starts Lent. This is when observers refrained from certain earthly pleasures, prayed and repented of their sins for the 40 days before Easter. Today, observers use this as a second New Year’s Resolution. For example, many say they will give up using social media, or eating chocolate. In the true traditions of Lent, observes refrain from eating red meet and drinking alcohol. The traditional Mardi Gras Parades has their origin from France. Where they would parade an Ox or fatted cow down the streets of Paris, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. At the end of the parade they would slaughter the Ox and feed the citizens red meet. This was also the start of today’s Mardi Gras Balls.
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