What is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras is known to be a regional holiday, celebrated mainly in New Orleans every year. New Orleans holds the oldest credited history of the celebration, making the city known as the Mardi Gras capital of the country. The history behind Mardi Gras originated from the French, who were the first to settle in Louisiana back in the mid 1600s. Mardi Gras at first glance may not seem religious because of it’s carnival party theme, although the timing of the holiday is based on the Christan calendar and is a christian holiday. The structure of New Orleans Mardi Gras largely revolves around the many parades that are held in the week leading up to Ash Wednesday. The last day of celebration of Mardi Gras is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, when the last of the parades wrap up and celebrations come to a close. On Ash Wednesday you are to begin a six-week period of trying to remember what you did and ask forgiveness for it, in a church setting Ash Wednesday is used for fasting and reflection.
Besides all the parades New Orleans has a list of many other attractions, tours and activities. Furthermore, here at Southern Elegance we offer inspired New Orleans (Magnolia Blossom) candles, room sprays and wax melts. In honor of the Mardi Gras holiday the inspired fragrance is on sale during the time! Also attached below is a list of things to do in sightful city of New Orleans.