Friday March 4, Salt Lake Community College welcomed in Mardi Gras with food, drinks and colorful affairs.
Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world in many different traditions. The name Mardi Gras translates in French to Fat Tuesday. It is a night of celebration to prepare for the Roman-Catholic season of Lent. This celebration dates back thousands of years to Pagan rites of fertility and welcoming Spring.
Another name for Mardi Gras is Shrove Tuesday. Shrove means to “obtain absolution.” Roman Catholics intend to obtain absolution for one’s sins through confession and doing penance at this time.
The International Student Services and Fine Art and Lectures Board organized the event. Attendees wore masks and many dressed in costume.
Deena Leng attended because she takes interest in volunteering to educate the community about different cultural celebrations. She knows the importance in seeing diversity in lifestyle.
“Observing different cultures allows you to realize that you appreciate your home and your own traditions,” Deena said.
African dancers sang and rumbled the air, banging drums adorned in different animal hides. Spanish dancers performed in flowing red dresses, stomping their heels and clapping in celebration. Live music was played from the night’s dawn to its end.
Many families danced together to the festive sounds of live music. Happiness was found this Friday night as students and friends feasted, danced and celebrated to bring in Mardi Gras.