Mardi Gras, like Christmas, is a whole season – not just one day.
Carnival celebration starts on Jan. 6, the Twelfth Night (feast of Epiphany), and picks up speed through midnight on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Twelfth Night is celebrated as a festival and in some branches of Christianity, marks the coming of the Epiphany and concludes the Twelve Days of Christmas. It is on this that many take down their holidays trees and decorations. Twelfth Night kicks off a season of parades, balls (some of them masquerade balls), and king cake parties. It has traditionally been part of the winter social season; which at one time was when parties for Southern Society women and débutante balls were arranged.
But while Catholics celebrate Epiphany as a single day, the Protestant faith marks Epiphany as a whole season until Ash Wednesday.
What are some Epiphany events and traditions that you remember?