Women dance during the Shrove Tuesday carnival in Munich, Germany.(Getty Images)
Women dance during the Shrove Tuesday carnival in Munich, Germany.
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Uncovering the Origins of Mardi Gras and Other ‘Christian’ Festivals

February 6, 2008  •  From theTrumpet.com
Millions have once again thrown aside their inhibitions and partied till they dropped in the annual frenzy of carnality before the onset of the Christian season of Lent. What has all this got to do with religion?

From Rio to Berlin, from Turin to Trinidad, from Cologne to New Orleans, crowds filled the city streets in the annual bacchanal that precedes the Catholic holiday known as Ash Wednesday. Increasingly, these celebrations are being taken on by the British and American people as annual celebrations in a vein once foreign to the English-speaking peoples.

What does all this annual expression of unbridled hedonism have to do with the practice of pure religion?

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