by Samantha Pickert
Mardi Gras is a holiday that is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Easter season.
There are many other names for Mardi Gras. Some of them include Fat Tuesday, The Tuesday of Carnival, Pancake Tuesday, and Shrove Tuesday. Some popular events include Masquerade Balls, King Cake parties, and more.
In the 1700s Mardi Gras became popular in New Orleans. Mardi Gras became an official holiday in Louisiana in 1875. Today Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the whole world. The official colors for Mardi Gras are green, purple, and gold. Green represents faith, purple represents justice, and gold represents power.
This year Mardi Gras was on Feb. 9. Our Lady of the Lake Mardi Gras celebration started out with a parade where the oldest (seventh and eighth grade) students went class-to-class picking up the younger kids of the school. At the end of the parade we arrived at the gym where we had snacks and special activities.
The most important thing Our Lady of the Lake students did for Mardi Gras was making Grace bowls to use throughout the Lent season. Each student got their own Mardi Gras bowl and decorated it however they wanted to. Once a week during Lent, the whole family sits down and has a simple meal in the Mardi Gras bowls like rice and beans, just something simple.
The money we save is put into a bin and donated to a charity of our choice. This year, the money we save is going to be donated to the Westonka Food Shelf.
This service project helps teach all students the importance of giving, and that is why we chose to do it during the Lenten season.