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16 February, 2010 / theexpositor

Should Christians Celebrate Mardi Gras?

Simply put…NO! I have written on this before and offered radio programs on the subject as well, and it always brings me heated response. Faithful Christians must not, and should not, associate themselves with the pagan holiday known as Mardi Gras.

Read this short online tract providing a brief explanation on the subject.



  1. David / Jul 19 2010 14 51

    Mardi Gras, simply put, is not a pagan holiday. It is a preparation day to Ash Wednesday. That many people celebrate it in pagan ways is, simply put, their own take on it. The secular world takes Catholic things and makes mockeries of them. Witness St. Vaentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas Eve (and Day) and Halloween. What is Christmas Eve but the night before our Lord’s birth? Similarly, Halloween is the night before All Souls Day. Catholics celebrate feasts from sundown the evening before. But like Christmas and Halloween, St. Patrick’s day and others, non-Catholics take Catholic things and twist them.

    Should faithful Christians celebrate any of the above mentioned days the way many people celebrate them? No, they should celebrate them the way they were intended. St. Patrick’s day to honor the man who Christianized Ireland, Christmas Eve to honor the birth of our Lord, and Ash Wednesday Eve (Mardi Gras) to prepare for the season of Lent.

  2. David / Jul 19 2010 15 01

    By the way, your tract is full of errors. The Church does not accept the way it is celebrated. Regarding the placing of Easter and Christmas, while there is some symbolism based on the winter solstice and vernal equinox, the point is to memorialize the resurrection of the Lord. Early Christians did not want to associate the day with Passover, so created a formula which always puts it close to Passover, but usually not on that day. So tell me, when is the scriptural celebration of Easter supposed to be? Regarding the “Boeuf Gras” bull, do you remember the fatted calf in the parable of the Prodigal Son? I guess not. But then who are you to say that people are worshipping the bull? Judge not, lest you be judged.
    God loves everyone alike-saint and sinner, pagan and God-fearing. Catholicism is the Church that Christ founded, and it is the church of which he spoke “The gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

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