Happy Mardi Gras!

On this Fat Tuesday, we wanted to share some history of this fun holiday and debunk some myths.

Mardi Gras is not a singular event but rather a season that begins on Three Kings Day and continues with celebration until the climax on Fat Tuesday just in time for a somber Ash Wednesday. A great time of excess before fasting.

Colors:  The traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold were not chosen arbitrarily. Rex, the King of Carnival, selected this scheme in 1892, declaring purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power.

The colors are now used on nearly every Mardi Gras decoration, including the millions of beaded necklaces that have been tossed along the parade route since the 1870s.

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, we have selected our favorite stones to highlight this international celebration.

Bring on the Gold with Lemon Topaz!  Lemon Topaz ranges from light yellow to almost brown. This Mardi Gras stone is known for its ability to bring joy, good fortune, and synchronicity.

Justice for all with Amethyst!  Amethyst purple color is known for its meditative and calming effects which is supposed to promote calm, balance, and peace.

Faithfulness always with Peridot!  Peridot which is also known as olivine because of its olive color. This beautiful gem is known for it’s ability to attune the cycles in your life. It is supposed to help dissipate old cycles in one’s life.

Floats

Early Mardi Gras floats were horse drawn carts and wagons which began to appear in and around the mid-1800s.  Today, krewes express their pride in community, and celebrate their accomplishments, through Mardi Gras floats with elaborate themed designs costing thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours to produce.

Krewes and Secret Societies.

During Mardi Gras, parades and balls, krewes and secret societies are responsible for coordinating and funding almost all of the major events.

http://www.allaboutmardigras.com/Features/Tradition%20Features/societies.html

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