Mardi Gras Dog Swag

Mardi Gras Dog Swag

Mardi Gras Dog Swag for dogs who like to party.

Shop for treats, toys, and dog costumes for your pup to celebrate the Mardi Gras and Carnivale season.

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Mardi Gras Dog Swag
Mardi Gras Dog Swag

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What is Mardi Gras?

According to many historians, Mardi Gras “Carnival” celebrations started before Christianity as a pagan fertility festival.

Scholars have linked it to the ancient Roman pagan feast, Saturnalia, which honored the god of agriculture, Saturn and other have connected it to customs from much older Indo-European spring lore from Germanic and Slavic races.

Once Christianity arrived, many Roman and Germanic pagan celebrations were absorbed into the religious calendar and have evolved into the pre-Lenten celebrations we have today. 

This Carnivale season is a time to celebrate and feast before the Lenten period with a final day of gluttony and celebration on Fat Tuesday.

When is Mardi Gras?

This year, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

Mardi Gras changes dates each year because it is connected to Easter, which also changes dates each year according to the Lunar Calendar. Easter is the first Sunday after the full Moon that occurs on or after the spring equinox (~March 21).

Mardi Gras always falls exactly 47 days before Easter and the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday is called Lent in Christian observance.

Carnival season is much longer than just one day. Each year, Carnival begins on January 6, or the Feast of the Epiphany in the Christian faith. The season ends on Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday), which is essentially the last day to celebrate & indulge before the Lenten season.

What does "Mardi Gras" mean?

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.

The term is used because this Tuesday is the last day of feasting before the sacrifices and fasting that define the Christian season of Lent.

Despite the fact that the holiday is associated with the Christian faith, everyone can participate.

In New Orleans, Brazil, Venice and other locations around the world, communities celebrate with parades, masked balls, and other celebrations in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras.

You will sometimes hear Mardi Gras referred to as “Carnival.”

The word “carnival” also comes from a feasting tradition. In Medieval Latin, carnelevarium means “to take away or remove meat”, from the Latin carnem for meat.

During Lent, Catholics traditionally gave up meat during the Lenten season and mainly ate fish.