Mardis Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday in French, marks the end of Carnival season and is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the 40 days of Lent. Mardis Gras is recognised throughout the world but each nation has their own title for this day. In the U.K. it is known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, German speaking countries name it Fastnacht, in Sweden- Fettisdagen and in Italy- Martedí Grasso . It gets it’s name from the fact that all the good food that was given up for Lent had to be used up and so eggs, butter and flour was used to make pancakes or cakes and on Ash Wednesday the fasting would begin.
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