Mardi Gras (fr. Mardi Gras) - literally translated from French, this sonorous phrase means "fat Tuesday" or even "fast Tuesday" (English Shrove Tuesday). The holiday is celebrated in many countries of the world on Tuesday, before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Catholic Lent preceding Easter.
This is a noisy and cheerful holiday, similar to the Russian Maslenitsa, which is accompanied by folk festivals, carnivals, mass and magnificent celebrations.
The holiday is preceded by long and careful preparations. Housewives buy products for tasty and satisfying meals - that's what Fat Tuesday is for. On the day of the carnival, the appetizing smells of pancakes come from the kitchens - what is Shrovetide without pancakes?!