According to the Catholicism section of About.com, Fat Tuesday is “the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.”
We certainly celebrated with a feast at Central Catholic—the traditional food fair organized by school clubs and organizations. I’m not sure how long we have been celebrating Fat Tuesday with a food fair, but I can personally confirm that it happened as far back as 2002.
Here is a list of what was available:
- Macaroni & cheese
- Stuffed buns & dumplings
- Magic Wok
- Walking tacos
The clubs and organizations purchase the food, and sell it for $1 tickets during the food fair. Student Council also organized a 3 point shot contest and the money collected will go to a charity. It was a fantastic way for the students to celebrate during the school day.
Did you have the Fat Tuesday food fair when you attended Central Catholic? Let us know in the comments.
Check out a few pictures from this year’s food fair below!