Mardi Gras

Mardi gras in Spanish
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Extravagant Spanish Vocabulary

Mardi Gras is an annual celebration of extravagance and (over)indulgence before Lent. The official slogan is "Let the good times roll," which is translated literally into French as Laissez les bons temps rouler (and is used only in Louisiana).

Because Mardi Gras, literally "Fat Tuesday," is tied to Easter, the date changes every year: it occurs 46 days before Easter, so somewhere between 3 February and 9 March. In 2021, Mardi gras is 16 February, in 2022, it will be 1st March.*

The period leading up to Mardi Gras is called Carnaval, and the several-week festival is celebrated in many cities and countries all over the world.

Shrove Tuesday   el Martes de Carnaval
Ash Wednesday   el Miércoles de Ceniza
Lent   la Cuaresma
Easter   la Pascua
Passover   la Pascua judía

Mardi Gras colors ~ Los colores del Martes de Carnaval

The three official colors of Mardi Gras have official meanings:

gold power   oro el poder
green faith   verde la fe
purple justice   púrpura la justicia

Mardi Gras vocabulary ~ El vocabulario del Martes de Carnaval

bead   una cuenta
bonfire   una hoguera
captain   el capitán
costume   un disfraz
costume ball   un baile de disfraces
crowd   una multitud
crown   una corona
dancing   el baile
disguise   un disfraz
doubloon   un doblón
effigy   una efigie
feather   una pluma
float   un flotador
jewel   una joya
king   el rey
krewe (organizer)   un krewe
Mardi gras run   una carrera de carnaval
mask   una máscara
music   la música
necklace   un collar
parade   un desfile
queen   la reina
sequin   una lentejuela
torch   una antorcha
trinket   una baratija

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* Pancake recipes

In Commonwealth countries, this same day is known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day.

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