Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday
Colorful costumes, spectacular parades, elegant pageants, masked balls and people dancing in the streets to rhythmic and intoxicating music. All with an air of carefree abandonment. As the music reverberates, alcohol flows as wildly elaborate floats glide down the street, with frenzied masqueraders on board. Crowds of onlookers shout encouragement, because its that time of the year again for Mardi Gras, Carnival or "Carnevale di Viareggio"! In New Orleans, Rio, Brazil, Trinidad, etc this is the time for one of the biggest parties on the planet to begin. Pancake Day, Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (which is French for "Fat Tuesday"), is the last day of parting and feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.
Mardi Gras (also called “Carnival” in many countries) is a time of unrestrained merrymaking, in which participants passionately indulge every fleshly desire. Celebrated predominantly in Roman Catholic communities in Europe and Latin America, pre-Lenten carnivals are spreading in the U.S. Some of the more famous celebrations occur in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Spain, Trinidad, Tobago, Nice, France, and Germany.
Carnevale di Viareggio
Viareggio is a northern city in Tuscany Italy, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Viareggio Carnival is a 16-day period of fun during the Mardi Gras festivities. It takes place in February and March. Carnival is a specific period of the year. Although "Carnival" in English does not have a time connotation and refers generally to any festival or revel, the English term derives from the Italian "Carnevale". It means the period of fun, feasting and merrymaking just before the Lent starts with its 40 days of abstinence (which is the forty day period before Easter). People wear masks, kids turn up in fancy dresses, and at night everybody dances in the streets and has a good time. In Italy they have a saying: “a Carnevale ogni scherzo vale”, which means: "During the Carnival, anything goes". Practical jokes are common and must be accepted. There was a time (now gone) when hard plastic truncheons were used by guys to club passing girls on the head. It may have been done with humorous intentions, but it still gave headaches. This act may have darker roots tied to the tradition of old as to men knocking out women to take advantage of them.
This act has been doe away with for many years now, but "coriandoli" and "stelle filanti" are still in use and they can be thrown at people without causing any problem. Stelle filanti are streamers and coriandoli are what in English are called "confetti", small pieces of paper of all colors thrown around for celebration at festive events. In Italy confetti are usually round and due to translations, there is a linguistic confusion. Because "confetti" in Italian are something completely different, they are namely sweets made of a colorful sugar-coated almond offered at weddings, Christenings, and other sacraments like Confirmations. The English word, despite the different meaning it has taken in English, originated in the early 19th century from the Italian language. All these festivities end on Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday), the last day of Carnival in the Catholic calendar, the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a festival held every year before Lent and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The first Carnival festival in Rio occurred in 1723 and the Rio Carnival celebration dates back to 1640s. During that time, elaborate feasts were organized to give honor to the Greek wine gods. According to Greek mythology, the trend of honoring the grape-harvest, wine-making or wine started as early as 1500–1100 BC. The Romans used to worship Dionysus or Bacchus, the god of the grape-harvest. The festival “Entrudo” was introduced by the Portuguese and this inspired the birth of the Carnival in Brazil. In 1840, the very first Rio masquerade took place, and polka and waltz took center stage. Africans subsequently influenced the Carnival with the introduction of samba music in 1917, which is now considered a traditional Brazilian form of sounds.
The typical form of Portuguese Carnival was the Entrudo, a rowdy celebration in which flour, eggs, lupines, mud, oranges, and lemons were thrown on passersby. Dirty water, glue, and various other liquids were also poured onto the crowd, and gloves heavy with sand were dropped from windows. Repeating a common New Year custom, pots and pans and all sorts of useless kitchen utensils were also thrown out of the windows, perhaps symbolizing the discarding of the old, or perhaps heralding the Lenten fast. Fierce battles were waged with plaster eggs, wax lemons, corncobs, and beans blown fiercely through glass or cardboard straws. Blows with brooms and wooden spoons were dealt out liberally. Apart from the violence and filth, the Entrudo was also a Carnival of gluttony: in the better stocked houses—from whose windows cakes and pastries were pitched—guests feasted sumptuously. Even in the convents cakes were widely distributed.
Festivals of unrestrained partying in Brazil, a place that has a huge statue of Cesare Borgia as a center piece
Mardi Gras Etymology
Although the term Mardi Gras refers to a specific day, it is not a single-day celebration. Every year, beginning in January, Carnival festivities occur daily, culminating in the final climatic Mardi Gras celebration the day before the observance of Lent, a 40-day period of self-denial. Mardi Gras is considered to be the last day for indulging in the pleasures of the flesh before Lent begins. In fact, the word Carnival means “farewell to the flesh,” and comes from the Latin words carnis (flesh) and vale (farewell). This festival is so popular that millions celebrate it. For example, three million people flock to New Orleans annually to participate in what is often billed as “the greatest free show on earth.” It adds an estimated $1 billion to the city’s economy, and its population more than doubles during the week leading up to Fat Tuesday.
While this festival is highly popular, is it merely harmless fun?
Even though Mardi Gras or Carnival is observed around the world and the masses take part in it, DOESN’T mean YaHuWaH is OK with it. Like we always say, everything has an origin so lets take a deeper look at the origins of Mardi Gras.
This may a surprise, but Mardi Gras long predates modern day pagan religion of Christianity. The earliest record comes from ancient times, when people celebrated a fertility festival that welcomed the arrival of spring, which they believed was a time of renewal of life. The Romans called this pagan festival Lupercalia in honor of “Lupercus,” the Roman god of fertility. Lupercalia was a drunken orgy of merrymaking held each February in Rome, after which participants fasted for 40 days. Interestingly, similar to modern celebrations, the Romans donned masks, dressed in costumes and indulged all of their fleshly desires as they gave themselves to the gods “Bacchus” (god of wine) and “Venus” (goddess of love). The masks and costumes were used as disguises to allow sexual liberties not normally permitted as individuals engaged in “bacchanal,” the drunken and riotous occasion in honor of Bacchus. (The word “bacchanal” is still associated with Carnival celebrations to this day.)
The festival of Bacchanalia was an example of how ancient cultures were all out more free spirited then us then in today’s modern times, and the cult behind this festival was anything but restrictive. While Bacchanalia sounds like a religious festival that the carnal masses would be fighting to sign up for, it also has extremely dark undertones. Thousands of deaths and maiming’s took place during these pagan festivals, but the reputation associated the words “Carnival” or “Mardi Gras” in today’s time ignores all that. As pagans converted to Catholicism (organized paganism), they did not want to give up this popular celebration due to the mass deaths. Church leaders, seeing that it was impossible to divorce the new pagan converts from their old pagan customs, decided to “Christianize” this festival. Thus, Carnival was created as a time of merrymaking immediately preceding their pagan 40-day fast, which the church renamed “Lent.” During Carnival, participants indulged in madness and all aspects of pleasure allowable, including gluttony, drunkenness and sexual fornication.
The festival then spread to Europe, where it was celebrated in England, Spain, Germany, France and other countries. During the Middle Ages, a festival similar to the present-day Mardi Gras was given by monarchs and lords prior to Lent. To conscript new knights into service, the nobles would hold feasts in their honor, and they would ride through the countryside rewarding peasants with cakes (thought by some to be the origin of the “King Cake,”), coins (probably the origin of present day Mardi gifts of “doubloons”) and other trinkets. In Germany, there is a Carnival similar to Mardi Gras known as “Fasching,” held during the same period. To a lesser extent, this festivity is also celebrated in Spain and France.
In France, the festival was called Mardi Gras, meaning “Fat Tuesday.” This name comes from the ancient pagan practice of killing and eating a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival, it dates from back from the pre - Christian (pagan) era when the Druids sacrificed offerings to pagan gods, seeking more fertile women and livestock. This day was also known as “Shrove Tuesday” (from the old English word “shrive,” which means to confess all sins) and “Pancake Tuesday.” The custom of making pancakes came from the need to use up all the fat, eggs and dairy products before the fasting period of Lent began. From Europe, it spread around the world, particularly in communities of Catholic heritage. It reached America in the 17th century, brought by French settlers to the southern states—particularly Louisiana, where the earliest record of the holiday being held was 1699. On March 3rd of that year, the French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville set up camp on the west bank of the Mississippi River, about 60 miles south of New Orleans. He named his camp “Pointe du Mardi Gras” in honor of the festival. From that time onward, Louisiana citizens of French ancestry have observed Mardi Gras with masked balls and sexual parties.
According to other sources, Mardi Gras started in New Orleans when a group of students who had recently returned from Paris donned masks and costumes and danced their way through the streets of the city. The inhabitants were swiftly captured by their enthusiasm, and followed suit. Under French rule, the celebrations flourished, but were later banned by the Spanish governors as the revelry had become out of control. This prohibition continued even after Louisiana became an American state in 1803. However, the French “Creole” population persuaded the U.S. government to reinstate Mardi Gras. After the ban was lifted, the festival became so popular in the city that the Carnival season’s duration was limited several times to prevent yearlong celebrations.
Modern Day Mardi Gras
Commercialized Mardi Gras
Even businesses want to capitalize on this wicked and perverted pagan custom. Six Flags (who bought out Wet ‘N Wild) have incorporated Mardi Gras at their water parks. Here is a perfect way Ha’ShaTaN can condition young kids at a early age to be OK with this perverted festival because their parents take part in it.
Universal Orlando is the second-largest resort in Orlando, after the Walt Disney World resort, covering 541 acres of land. Universal Orlando is one of the most visited resorts in the world, and currently has an annual attendance of 21 million. Not wanting to miss out on the financial payout Mardi Gras brings in, Universal Orlando has also incorporated this pagan festival. People can now take part in nightly parades with outrageous street performers, colorful costumes and countless beads flying through the air. Catch some of the biggest names in music live in concert on select nights. Plus you’ll enjoy authentic New Orleans bands each night and mouthwatering Cajun food available for purchase.
Notice they are encouraging you to catch the spirit (RuWaCh) of this wicked and perverted pagan tradition!
All you can also eat abominations like crawfish (which are bottom feeders)
Disney’s Port of Orleans Resort
Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside are a pair of resort hotels located at the Walt Disney World Resort. Quoted from the WDW (Walt Disney World News Room Release) “Disney’s Port Orleans Resort kicked off Mardi Gras in style Feb 5 with a Mardi Gras parade and float-decorating contest”. The parade and contest, which is a popular treat for Guests staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, consists of cast Member-decorated golf carts, that serve as parade floats. Every year, Port Orleans cast members get to parade their imaginative floats around both resorts for guests to see on the official Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday”,
Mickey adorning the green, purple and gold beads of Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras activities for the kids on Ol’ Man Island
Mardi Gras parade features Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana from the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog”. There is a scene in the movie where they are at the pagan festival of Mardi Gras. Here you see people throwing colored beads and a float honoring the Greek ALaHiYM Triton.
Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Jolly Roger Amusement Park is an amusement park located in Ocean City, Maryland. The park features two locations in Ocean City: one at the pier, and one further uptown at 30th Street.
At Jolly Roger’s it’s Mardi Gras all year long when you visit their Mardi Gras fun house. Get lost as you make your way through the Mardi Gras themed Mirror Maze and Glass House. New Orleans style right here in OCMD! Visit us at Jolly Roger to enjoy Mardi Gras and all of our other family-friendly rides and attractions.
Drais Las Vegas
Positioned atop The Cromwell on the 11th floor, Drai’s reigns over what is arguably the busiest intersection in Vegas. During the daytime it’s a beach pool party on steroids; in the evening it morphs into an upscale high-voltage nightclub. Everywhere else it’s just Tuesday, but its Mardi Gras Masquerade night down at Drai’s After Hours! The fifth edition of Imagine Tuesdays was full of New Orleans-inspired decor, transforming the posh hot spot into “Fat Tuesday” as people wore purple, green and gold-colored beads, masquerade masks and outfits, with plenty of balloons displayed across the venue. Tables make it rain from start to finish as bottle presentations, birthday celebrations and more were going on, with the DJ getting everyone up and dancing playing the hottest in hip-hop and R&B.
Mardi Gras In the US
Galveston Island City
Galveston is an island city on the Gulf Coast of Texas. If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience, grab some beads and hit the beach. Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.
The island’s 108th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held February 22- March 5, 2019, is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 29 live concerts, 23 parades, 22 balcony parties, several elegant balls and some new festive additions. And, this island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality. Find your Mardi Gras style with these highlights:
Little kids getting conditioned to follow generational curses
Galveston’s Jolly Jester 5K Mardi Gras race
Galveston’s historic downtown entertainment district will put you in the center of classic Mardi Gras revelry complete with big crowds and plenty of beads. Nearly all parades go through downtown, where you can enjoy the view from the street or from above at a balcony party.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Mardi Gras is a massive festival, and as Carnival season approaches, residents in New Orleans decorate the city in the traditional colors of green (symbolizing faith), gold (power) and purple (justice). The Carnival season actually begins the 12th night after Christmas, on January 6th, the religious holiday called Epiphany, on which Catholics celebrate the three kings (magi or wise men) who in their custom presented gifts to the MaShiYaCh YaHuWShuWA two years after his birth. At this time, King Cakes are served, marking the beginning of the balls and smaller parades. Beginning 12 days before Fat Tuesday, nightly parades are held and they get bigger and more elaborate as the big festival day approaches. These parades are a mix of royal ceremony, teasing giveaways, sexual fantasy and excitement celebrating all the “pleasures” of life. In the final week, festivities intensify in New Orleans and surrounding communities, culminating in the biggest parades. Mardi Gras is so popular that it is accepted as a holiday in some parts of the South.
A Louisiana-style king cake for Mardi Gras
Each parade usually has its own theme, such as subjects of history, legends, geography, children’s stories, famous people, entertainment, Greek / Roman mythology and literature, and satirical references to current events. The public is invited to the street parades, but more sophisticated balls are private affairs attended only by those who want a more deeper and sensual experience. Celebrations begin early in the morning on Fat Tuesday and continue well into the night, ending promptly at midnight with the start of Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.
A parade float in honoring the Greek god Zeus
New Orleans has several classically named streets. Dryades means "nymph of the woods" and a nymph is a class of semi-divine female beings), and Dryades Street was the wooded side of town when it was named in the 19th century. The Greek muses (inspirational goddesses of literature, science, and the arts) are well represented around Coliseum Square in the Lower Garden District where nine streets named for the nine Muses cross Prytania Street. Prytania was originally Rue du Prytanee, named for the Prytaneum, the hearth that each ancient Greek village had dedicated to the goddess of the hearth, Hestia (“house, home, family").
Worldwide, Mardi Gras (or Carnival) is known as a time for a “no-holds barred” celebration in the spirit of utter abandonment. It is seen as a time to have fun, to cut loose, to “throw down”, to “party till you drop”, and to “let the good times roll”. On Fat Tuesday, revelers in New Orleans jam the streets with non-stop partying. The atmosphere is charged with drunkenness and unbridled sexual activity and perversion. In the French Quarter, homosexuals have costume contests before audiences of thousands. Women lean over balconies and openly expose themselves to anyone who will give beads to them. The practice of revelers engaging in sex with strangers is common. Bourbon Street is the focus of activity because of the numerous music clubs, strip clubs and bars found there. After the festival ends, city streets are so filthy that the following day is jokingly referred to as “Trash Wednesday,” instead of Ash Wednesday.
Floods of people on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Bourbon Street or “Trash Wednesday” after the festivities
Now that we have been educated on the origins of Bacchanalia (now called Carnival or Mardi Gras), should people still view it as harmless fun? For those who have a true intimate relationship with the Creator YaHuWaH know better than to cast off all restraint and participate in the festivities of drunkenness, lewdness, public nudity, homosexuality, illicit sex, revelry and brawling. The scripture reminds us that these actions are “works of the flesh” (Gal. 5:19-21). Mardi Gras represents a blend of man made traditions and immorality, steeped in ancient pagan fertility rites. Many of the parades celebrate and honor false ALaHiYM’s of mythology such as Bacchus and Venus, others promote fornication and drunkenness, all types of conduct that ends marriages, destroys families and creates distance from YaHuWaH! Those who say they follow the scriptures and take part in such traditions should take heed: Drunkenness, fornication and such reveling are among the kinds of conduct that exclude one from inheriting the kingdom of ALaHiYM.
The word for drunken riotous in the Greek is κῶμος G2970
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of ALaHiYM? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of ALaHiYM.
28 And even as they did not like to retain ALaHiYM in their knowledge, ALaHiYM gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of ALaHiYM, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of ALaHiYM, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
It is hypocritical for anyone who claims they follow the scriptures and love, seek and serve the true ALaHiYM to participate in a festival that originates from paganism and promotes immoral behavior. In Romans the scriptures talk about drunkenness and partying and that we are to put on (or walk in the way) of Ha’MaShiYaCh YaHuWShuWA
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the master YaHuWShuWA MaShiYaCh, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
Not only should those who love the Creator NOT participate in or enjoy evil / wickedness, YaHuWaH commands them to avoided even the appearance of evil (I Thes. 5:22). This certainly applies to Mardi Gras, Carnival or any pagan festival. What about Lent? As mentioned earlier, the Catholic Church incorporated the 40-day fast that the pagans had been long observing and renamed it to Lent. This, too, is an non scriptural custom of the ABaRiY people, and should be avoided by anyone striving to obey YaHuWaH. Any festival or religious observance of pagan origin is unacceptable to YaHuWaH ALaHiYM (Deut. 12:29-32 and I Cor. 10:1-4).
The Greek god Eros / cupid, the pagan Christian idea of angels comes from paganism, because Christianity at its core is pagan
We have all been conditioned by tradition (and the Christian churches) to believe that angels have wings, but when the RuWaCh of truth (YaHuWShuWA) makes it abode in someone, they are fueled with passion to seek real truth. The ABaRiY scriptures talk about MaLAK's (messengers or representatives) of YaHuWaH and NOT angles (winged creators). Scriptures bare record that a MaLAK of YaHuWaH does HIS commandments, hearkens unto the voice of HIS word (YaHuWShuWA made flesh) and do YaHuWaH’s pleasure.
20 Bless YHWH, ye his MaLAKs, that excel in strength, that do HIS commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye YHWH, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do HIS pleasure.
It is a mockery for those who say they love the Creator to go wear wings (during these events) believing they are an angelic, yet their actions or fruits show are FAR from YaHuWaH's commandments or His desires. The idea of wings comes by way paganism, Roman / Greek gods, Catholicism and mythical creatures have wings, and scripture reminds us that YaHuWaH's MaLAKS come in the form of mankind (human shape).
3 And the MaLAK of YHWH appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
9 And ALaHiYM hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of ALaHiYM came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her.
10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.
11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am.
Young girl in Rio wearing a pagan winged outfit of beasts mentioned various times in the scriptures
Fitness models on stage wearing pagan winged costumes of mythology
Victoria secret model adorns a pagan wing costume on stage
Those who participate in the revelry of Mardi Gras or any pagan holiday are truly unhappy. After the partying is over, they must return home and face their problems. Mardi Gras (along with all the other pagan holidays) is simply a temporary diversion and does not take away their troubles. All these activities hold NO eternal ShaLuWM and in most cases (due to these short term pleasures), additional long term problems may result from this foolish and immoral behavior. Remember for every cause, there is an effect. Christians flashing their body parts to obtain colored plastic beads (which hold no value) but end up losing their dignity (which is very valuable). Why are people doing this? Where is the peace or wisdom of the LORD, God or Jesus that they say they follow? True happiness does NOT come from unrestrained partying, or lies, but from the ShaLuWM that ONLY comes from calling on and reverencing the true name of the Creator YaHuWaH through His son YaHuWShuWA. At Mardi Gras (or any socially accepted pagan festival), people focus on fulfilling their OWN desires, their OWN fleshly gratification and lusts. They are mainly concerned with their OWN pleasure and burring or masking their past faults. People without the ShaLuWM of YaHuWaH put up walls or fronts and masquerade as thought they have it all together, but in reality inside they are insecure. That is why so many (including Christians or those who say they follow scriptures, are spiritual or go to church) live such miserable lives. They are focused on themselves, their needs, and their wants, NOT what YaHuWaH wants. Scripture reminds us of this:
MaTaThiYaHuW 6:33 “Matthew”
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of ALaHiYM, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Unlike the lies of the Babylonian Christian church, when we obey and follow MaTaThiYaHuW 6:33, YaHuWaH rewards us with eternal ShaLuWM, knowledge, and wisdom (NOT temporal material possessions of this world that will burn in the fire). YaHuWShuWA shows us the true way to abundant living (YaHuWChaNaN 10:10 “John”), and the only way to real joy, real ShaLuWM of the mind, and prosperity in the RuWaCh is YaHuWaH!
Unlearn, Deprogram and Re-think EVERYTHING you were taught!
Once the truth is given to a person, and if that person TRULY loves the Creator, YHWH is expecting they make an immediate change, NOT take their sweet time getting there when they feel like it!
30 And the times of this ignorance YHWH winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent
If you DON'T believe us regrading these facts, GOOD! Go do your own research, ASK YOUR PASTOR and find out for yourself, but NOW you cant say "you didn't know!"
2 KaPha 2:21 "Peter"
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
ABaRiY 10:26 "Hebrews"
26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins