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When is Mardi Gras in 2024?

Mardi Gras in 2024 is on the Tuesday, 13th of Feb (2/13/2024).

Mardi Gras is on the 44th day of 2024. There are 322 days left in the year.

Mardi Gras Facts

  • Date: Feb 13, 2024
  • Regional
  • Also Called: Shrove Tuesday
  • Celebrations: Celebrations; Parade, partying, baking, wearing masks
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Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday, has its roots in Europe and came to North America as a French Catholic tradition. The festival is celebrated by Christians and marks the beginning of the lent season. Mardi Gras is a French name that means Fat Tuesday. It simply means the last day for Christians to indulge in all kinds of rich fatty foods in readiness for the fasting period of the lent season. The first recorded celebration was in 1703 in Mobile, Alabama.

When is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is on the last day before the Ash Wednesday begins. After the Mardi Gras Day, the lent season begins and lasts for 40 days. Mardi Gras often falls on any day between Tuesday, February 3rd, and Tuesday, March 9th.

Is Mardi Gras a public holiday?

Mardi Gras is a legal public holiday in Louisiana. The day was made a statutory public holiday in 1875 when Governor Warmoth signed the Mardi Gras Act. In Alabama, only the counties of Baldwin and Mobile recognize the day as a public holiday.

What is open or closed on Mardi Gras?

In Louisiana, government offices, banks, post offices, schools, and most businesses remain closed on Mardi Gras. The public transport is also likely to be affected and thus run on a holiday timetable. The counties of Baldwin and Mobile in Alabama follow the schedules of a public holiday. In other states, Mardi Gras is a typical working day for the general public.

Things to do on Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is not a holiday for Christians only. The holiday is packed with a variety of programs and activities suitable for people of all religions.

Parades are organized in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as Mobile and Baldwin, Alabama. In Orleans, the parade is marked with masquerades, wild parties, and street dancing. People dress in colorful costumes and then throw trinkets to crowds as part of a customary parade throw.

At home, you can have a feast with friends where you indulge in all kinds of food before the lent and fasting season kicks off. Pancakes are a common Mardi Gras food due to its rich ingredients such as eggs, butter, and milk. While at it, you can play the popular King cake game.

Ideally, pecan or charm is hidden in a cake. The cake is then served, and the person who gets a piece with the charm is dubbed the king of that year’s Mardi Gras.

You could also mark this day by wearing masks. The mask tradition can be traced back to Europe when people would be allowed to behave the way they want before the lent season kicked off. However, it would be best if you were responsible and wary of ruining your reputation with the activities you decide to participate in.

Mardi Gras Observances

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  • Feb 25, 2020
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  • Feb 16, 2021
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  • Mar 01, 2022
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  • Feb 21, 2023
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  • Feb 13, 2024

List of State Holidays of Alabama in 2024

MondayMonJan 01, 2024Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 15, 2024Jan 15Martin Luther King, Jr./Robert E. Lee Birthday
TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13Mardi Gras
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2024Feb 15Mrs. Rosa L. Parks Day (Commemoration Only)
MondayMonFeb 19, 2024Feb 19George Washington/Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
MondayMonApr 22, 2024Apr 22Confederate Memorial Day
MondayMonMay 27, 2024May 27National Memorial Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2024Jun 03Jefferson Davis' Birthday
ThursdayThuJul 04, 2024Jul 04Fourth day of July (observed)
MondayMonSep 02, 2024Sep 02Labor Day
MondayMonOct 14, 2024Oct 14Columbus Day / Fraternal Day / American Indian Heritage Day
MondayMonNov 11, 2024Nov 11Veterans Day
ThursdayThuNov 28, 2024Nov 28Thanksgiving Day
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2024Dec 25Christmas

List of Popular Celebration Days of United States in 2024

FridayFriJan 12, 2024Jan 12National Pharmacists Day
FridayFriJan 19, 2024Jan 19National Popcorn Day
FridayFriFeb 02, 2024Feb 02Groundhog Day
FridayFriFeb 02, 2024Feb 02National Wear Red Day
WednesdayWedFeb 07, 2024Feb 07National Signing Day
FridayFriFeb 09, 2024Feb 09National Pizza Day
TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13Galentine's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13National Pancake Day
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2024Feb 14Valentine's Day
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2024Feb 15National Bagel Day
SundaySunFeb 18, 2024Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2024Feb 22National Margarita Day
ThursdayThuFeb 29, 2024Feb 29Leap Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2024Mar 01National Employee Appreciation Day
ThursdayThuMar 07, 2024Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 10, 2024Mar 10Daylight savings
MondayMonMar 11, 2024Mar 11National Napping Day
ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Walkout Day
ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Pi Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2024Mar 20National Proposal Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2024Mar 23National Puppy Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2024Mar 30National Doctor Day
WednesdayWedApr 03, 2024Apr 03National Walking Day
ThursdayThuApr 04, 2024Apr 04National Burrito Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2024Apr 07National Beer Day
ThursdayThuApr 11, 2024Apr 11National Pet Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2024Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 02, 2024May 02National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 12, 2024May 12Mother's Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2024May 25National Towel Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2024May 25National Wine Day
FridayFriJun 07, 2024Jun 07National Donut Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2024Jun 08National Best Friends Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2024Jun 16Father's Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2024Jun 21National Selfie Day
SaturdaySatJun 22, 2024Jun 22National Kissing Day
SaturdaySatJul 13, 2024Jul 13National French Fry Day
SundaySunJul 14, 2024Jul 14National Nude Day
WednesdayWedJul 17, 2024Jul 17National Hot Dog Day
SundaySunJul 21, 2024Jul 21National Ice Cream Day
TuesdayTueJul 23, 2024Jul 23Amazon Prime Day
WednesdayWedJul 24, 2024Jul 24National Tequila Day
MondayMonJul 29, 2024Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
ThursdayThuAug 01, 2024Aug 01National Girlfriends Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2024Aug 04National Sister Day
WednesdayWedSep 18, 2024Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2024Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Vodka Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Taco Day
WednesdayWedOct 09, 2024Oct 09Leif Erikson Day
SaturdaySatOct 19, 2024Oct 19Sweetest Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2024Oct 29National Cat Day
ThursdayThuOct 31, 2024Oct 31Halloween
SundaySunNov 03, 2024Nov 03National Sandwich Day
FridayFriNov 29, 2024Nov 29Black Friday
MondayMonDec 02, 2024Dec 02Cyber Monday
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2024Dec 07Candle Day
MondayMonDec 09, 2024Dec 09National Pastry Day
FridayFriDec 20, 2024Dec 20National Ugly Sweater day