Did you see the flocks of robins this past weekend? In Georgia, that’s a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner!
Another sure sign of impending Spring is the celebration of Mardi Gras – or Fat Tuesday, which is synonymous with the official holiday in New Orleans, and the parties and parades held in towns along the Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi and Alabama, as well.
The great thing about Mardi Gras is that 6 ½ weeks later is Easter, the “official holiday of Spring.”
Mardi Gras history
Mardi Gras (also known as Carnival) marks the eve of Ash Wednesday, a traditionally Catholic holiday, but its roots extend back to ancient Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia, which were synonymous with excess and debauchery. Later, European church-goers made a point of eating all of the meat, milk, and cheese in their winter stores by “Fat Tuesday,” the eve of the Lenten season of fasting.
Mardi Gras didn’t become an official celebration in the United States until 1837, when New Orleans saw its first official parade, but for the past 179 years, it has grown into one of Winter’s most popular observances.
The Symbols of Mardi Gras
Masks were worn so that members of every social class could celebrate together as equals.
Torches (“flambeaux”) were carried so the parades could continue uninterrupted throughout the night.
Beads represent the royal qualities sought by the krewes (the official organizers of the Mardi Gras/Carnival parades). Traditionally, glass beads of certain colors were handed to individuals who exemplified the qualities of Justice (purple), Power (gold) or Faith (green). (Today, the beads are plastic, and are thrown into the crowd by the krewes).
Theme for Parties
Although Windsong communities are several hours from the nearest Gulf Coast towns that host official Carnival celebrations, Mardi Gras themes grace many a clubhouse in February, and “courtyard crawls” (progressive dinner or dessert events) can become masked balls where decadent meals, treats, or cocktails are served.
Even though Mardi Gras is marked by excess, Windsong homeowners can enjoy the parties with their friends and neighbors, with plenty of room to host their guests. In the case of “excess,” the party can move to the Clubhouse, which is perfect for larger gatherings.
Whether you’re new to Windsong, or you’ve been with us for a decade or more, every Windsong homeowner has something to celebrate.
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