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When is Mardi Gras?

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Mardi Gras falls on the Tuesday immediately before Ash Wednesday, which is the official beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras is seen as a hedonistic celebration that will prepare revelers for the period of fasting and religious self control that follows during Lent.

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When is Mardi Gras?
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Mardi Gras precedes Lent and is considered the final celebration in the weeks-long Carnival season, which begins January 6 on the feast of Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night. Mardi Gras takes place on a different day each year, but it always falls immediately before Ash Wednesday, which also takes place on a different date in early February each year.

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