Mardi Gras is actually French for Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday starts Lent, which is 40 days of prayer, penance and self-denial to prepare worshipers for Easter. Easter falls on the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon date for the year. If you want to figure that one out, Go HERE and scroll down. Confused yet? Now you know why you just look Easter up on the Calender and rock with it.
This year, Fat Tuesday is March 4th and Ash Wednesday, March 5th. Easter is April 20th 2014.
HOWEVER! Do not despair. Mardi Gras season starts on the Epiphany, which is a traditional feasting day on January 6th to celebrate the revelation that Jesus Christ is the son of God. So feel free to start partying tomorrow. If 58 days of parting is to much for you, that's ok, start later... like after Valentine's day. Still confused? Let's try a time line.
Christmas December 25, 2013
Epiphany January 6, 2014
Mardi Gras season starts quietly with a feast to celebrate the Epiphany.
Valentine's Day February 14, 2014
Mardi Gras heats up with parties and parades every weekend.
Until Fat Tuesday, March 4th 2014
Ash Wednesday, March 5th will be the end of the parties and time to clean up and repent for everything you did during Mardi Gras for the next 40 days.
Good Friday, April 18th 2014
Easter, April 20th 2014