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This is the final weekend prior to the official day of Mari Gras, or Carnival Tuesday, the last day of the festival season before Ash Wednesday, or the beginning of the Lenten penitential period on the Western calendar. The last days to party and go wild before the somber and solemn days leading to the Easter Feast.
The days before the culmination of the "carnival" celebrations in many cities around the world are filled with revellers marching in parades and packed into parties, balls and bars in a frantic effort to make the most of the end of a period of wild abandon. Party like there's no tomorrow, men, because Ash Wednesday, for those of the Western Church tradition, waits for no one. Or so the legend goes.
In today's secular-oriented society, much of the religious aspect of carnival or Mardi Gras has lost its significance or disappeared altogether. But that fading away of liturgical custom hasn't deterred the frenzy of the party-goers or the excitement of the celebrations and the parades.