Top 10 Pre-Lenten Celebrations Worldwide

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Fiesta de los Flores y Frutas, Ecuador

This year the season of Lent begins on February 10th (Ash Wednesday), but before a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, there’s always a party. The National Geographic‘s list of the ten best Pre-Lenten celebrations worldwide here: Top 10 Pre-Lenten Celebrations Worldwide. See videos of dancing in New Orleans and more on our Facebook page. Photos after the jump:

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TCC Playlist: Go To The Mardi Gras by Professor Longhair

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Professor Longhair

Henry Roeland Byrd better known as Professor Longhair or “Fess” for short, was an influential New Orleans blues singer and pianist known for his Afro-Cuban “rumba boogie” sound. Listen to his signature song, “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” and learn more about his life after the jump:

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Bury the Alleluia: Throw a Fat Tuesday Party

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1960s Cocktail Party

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, how will you be celebrating? Our own Melissa Musick writes in Celebration of her yearly Fat Tuesday custom of throwing an “Alleluia Party” before the start of Lent. Read the whole thing after the jump:

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Misc: Fat Tuesday: The Many Different Donuts of Mardi Gras | NPR

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The history of doughnuts is intrinsically linked to the celebration of Mardi Gras“Fat Tuesday” — the Christian day of revelry and indulgence before the austere season of Lent. Learn more from NPR here: Fat Tuesday: The Many Different Donuts of Mardi Gras

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