fat tuesday history
Fat Tuesday, the culmination of Mardi Gras, is an annual tradition rich in history and delight. Fat Tuesday, marks the beginning of Lent as the last day to indulge in worldly pleasures for forty days. In some communities, they call it “Paczki Day.” This year, Fat Tuesday falls on Tuesday, February 21st.
One of Fat Tuesday’s iconic “worldly pleasures” is a filled pastry called Paczki (ponch-key). Sweetwater’s Donut Mill created its own special Paczki twenty-five years ago. Since then, Sweetwater’s paczkis have become a popular tradition throughout Southwest Michigan.
One of Sweetwater’s trademarks is making the biggest paczkis around.You not only get a paczki that is bigger, but a paczki with bigger taste and bigger enjoyment! What the heck…that’s what Fat Tuesday is all about!
Sweetwater’s paczkis come in a variety of lusciously-filled flavors including Bavarian crème, cherry, blueberry, lemon, strawberry, apple, raspberry,
chocolate crème and vanilla crème.
Fat Tuesday is, by far, the busiest day of the year for Sweetwater’s. To ensure you don’t miss out and have plenty to share with family, friends and co-workers, this email is to let you know that we are now accepting advanced orders. Just call any of our three locations and let us know how many (one dozen or more) you would like of your favorite kinds and we will have them boxed and ready for you to pick up on Tuesday, February 21st.
Share the fun with family, co-workers and friends! Whether you buy one or twenty-dozen, every order comes with a free string of colorful Mardi Gras beadsIn recent years, Mardi Gras, literally "fat Tuesday," has gained a reputation as wild celebration held each year in boisterous places like Brazil's Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans' French Quarter.
Believe it or not, the Carnival celebrations often associated with beads, parades, costumes and partying actually stem from the Christian calendar.
According to AmericanCatholic.org , Mardi Gras originated as the "last hurrah" of gluttony before Lent and fasting began on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is also the final culmination of the entire Carnival season, serving as a grand finale to six weeks of celebration.
The Carnival season kicks off with Epiphany – which falls on January 6, 12 days after Christmas – to celebrate the Wise Men who brought gifts to infant Jesus. Epiphany is traditionally celebrated with a wreath-shaped "king cake," often decorated the Mardi Gras colors of purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power). New Orleans Online asserts that traditional king cake is one of the most popular Carnival institutions.
Mardi Gras as we know it today was first celebrated in the late 1700s, according to a report from the Orange County Register , when French settlers in what is now Louisiana held masked pre-Lenten balls. Though the Spanish prohibited the celebrations when they controlled the land, the revelry returned in the mid-1800s and has been celebrated in New Orleans every year since.
Today cities including Mobile, Ala.; St. Louis, Mo.; Sydney, Australia; and Quebec City, Canada hold massive Mardi Gras celebrations often including parades, parties and more.
Want to check out Mardi Gras festivities for yourself? Click over to NOLA.com's Parade Cam to join the party.