I am getting increasingly annoyed with Mardi Gras. (this kind of thinking could be why some think I'm an Aspie) Not the celebration itself, but the blasphemous twisting and using of it. First, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. If you don't believe me or Wikipedia, then check some translating software. Second, it is a semi religious celebration. The last brouhaha before Lent - a period of fasting. Once Lent sets in, there's supposed to be no partying going on. What bugs me: Universal Studios has a "Mardi Gras" celebration going on from Feb 11 to April 14th. This is before and throughout Lent. A city just south of me is having a "Mardi Gras" celebration next weekend. Also after Lent has begun. Said city drove me particularly nuts with a catch phrase in their TV ad "It's time to Mardi!" WTH? It's time to fat???????????? Now, I'm all for capitalism, and capitalizing on celebrations and all, but if you're going to do it, do it right. It simply isn't anything resembling Mardi Gras if it's AFTER Lent has started. Do it all BEFORE Ash Wednesday ppl! Does this kind of thing happen anywhere else? by the way I am not a practicing Catholic. I'm not a practicing anything, but do have respect for religious practices, and something like this just really, really, irks me. And when I think about holidays in general, I get irked even more because if a holiday is not conveniently 'located' on a weekend, it is generally celebrated BEFORE the actual holiday and not after (think St Patrick's Day, 4th of July, Valentine's). Really just venting, but thoughts and opinions welcome.