Shrove Tuesday, last part, San Miguel de Allende…Martes de Carnaval, última parte

Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Day) is a day in February or March, preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.
This moveable festival is determined by Easter. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “confess”. Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”
Being the last day before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent. The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday

El Martes de Carnaval, en el Calendario cristiano, es el tercer y último día de Carnaval, fecha festiva que antecede al Miércoles de Ceniza, inicio de la Cuaresma. El origen de esas celebraciones se remonta a fiestas paganas de tiempos precristianos, que correspondían al ritmo de las estaciones y de los trabajos agrícolas. La tradición de celebrar el Carnaval sigue muy viva en muchos países de Europa y América.
La fecha de su celebración es variable, ya que se fija 40 días antes de la fiesta Cristiana del Domingo de Ramos, y este no depende del calendario gregoriano (exclusivamente solar) sino del antiguo calendario solar/lunar. Para el Cristianismo, este domingo es siempre el siguiente a la primera luna llena posterior al equinoccio (y cae siempre entre el 22 de marzo y el 25 de abril), por lo que el Martes de Carnaval caerá siempre entre el 5 de febrero y el 9 de marzo (un día más tarde si cae en febrero y el año es bisiesto).
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martes_de_Carnaval

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