Mardi Gras is a celebration beginning after Epiphany and continues to the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a religious event and people tend to dance, party, and have a good time! They really get into the spirit of things by wearing masks and dressing up! A big tradition to it is that they eat a lot of sweet and fatty foods too.
Mardi Gras pronounced, (mardigra) originated from Fat Tuesday. According to (wikipedia.org), the literal translation means Shrove Tuesday.
Today in America Mardi Gras means the religious requirements for confession before Lents begins. The connation of Mardi Gras is slightly different but very much alike. Even though it was still religious there were a lot more celebrations and festivals going on(wikipedia.org).
Some other examples of the word in use shows the complexity of the word. An example that shows Mardi Gras is Le slogan de Mardi Gras ~ Mardi Gras slogan which means let the good times roll. An example from http://french.about.com/od/vocabulary/a/pasmardigras.htm Ce n'est pas mardi gras aujourd'hui which means what you are wearing is ridiculous! The last example shows Get this party started which is often said in America.
Interestingly, I have learned a lot about this word the religious and the party aspect to the word what it means to America and the rest of the world.
Mardi Gras is just one of the many foreign words used in the English language in America today. Hopefully, this paper provides insight on Mardi Gras but also inspires a desire to learn more about the English language.
Jennkins ,Tyler Smith, Taylor “Mardi Gras”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras 11/20/2011
Palmer, William. Mardi Gras . New York: Scholars Print. 1991
the day before Lent, celebrated in some cities, as New Orleans and Paris, as a day of carnival and merrymaking; Shrove Tuesday, dictionary.com,