Many cultures and countries have pre-Lenten celebrations, with the most common to us being Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Because yesterday was the last day of celebration and feasting before Catholics around the world go into 40 days of fasting I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the top celebrations around the world. Whether you are Catholic or not these locations and festivities should definitely top your bucket list.
National Geographics has put together a great article on the top 10 pre-Lenten celebrations from around the world. Check that out here: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/pre-lenten-carnivals/#page=1
Whether you are looking to experience Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, eating King Cakes and celebrating with beads (however you get those is still a mystery to me). Or celebrate in fabulous Rio de Janeiro with one of the craziest parties you could ever image, these are must visit destinations.
On top of celebrating some of the oldest traditions in those cities you will also be immersed in rich and diverse cultures. Some of these celebrations start a week before the Tuesday that marks the last day before Lent others run over a month long. You will be able to get an understanding of the culture, amazing food, drinks as well as be a part of a celebration that brings people from around the world together. This is also an excellent way to see how different cultures celebrate the same thing. Sure each of these festivities celebrate the last day of indulgence before fasting they each have such unique traditions special to their culture and history. Celebrate the Samba parade in Rio then hop over to Greece to honor Dionysus the God of wine by indulging in the ferment fruit beverage. And as long as you’re in New Orleans make sure to pick up some beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde.
Looking to experience Fat Tuesday, Carnival, Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday in one of these fabulous destinations? This is the perfect time to start planning for the 2017 celebration. Give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com