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Exploring the history of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is best known as a raucous event that takes place in New Orleans, LA and other areas around the world in January and February. Fat Tuesday, the final day of Mardi Gras, can occur in March depending on the calendar year and how it corresponds to the Christian liturgical calendar. While Mardi Gras may be legendary for scantily clad costumes, delicious food, overflowing spirits, and many acts of debauchery, many people -- particularly non-Christians -- may not know what the celebration is truly all about.


Did you know? Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a time when men and women express their love and affection for one another, which can be accomplished in a variety of ways. 


Did you know? Learning Spanish

It could be well worth your time to brush up on Spanish lessons. According to the Pew Research Center, there are more than


Did you know? Wedding Flowers

Many people feel the type of flowers chosen for wedding ceremonies symbolize different things. While some couples may make their final decision on wedding day flowers based cost, they may be surprised to know what different flowers have traditionally symbolized. For example, according to, a multiplatform resource for all things nuptial, roses have long been considered a symbol of beauty and love. 


Did you know? Hottest Day

The hottest day in recorded history is July 10, 1913, when temperatures soared to 134 F at Furnace Creek, Calif. in the area known as Death Valley. Death Valley is situated between a collection of high and steep mountain ranges in the Mojave Desert, and that positioning, coupled with the low elevation of Death Valley, which is 282 feet below sea level in certain places, assures high temperatures throughout much of the year.