|When is Fat Tuesday in 2016?|
The date of Fat Tuesday in 2016 is on February 9th, which is the day before Lent begins.
|What is Fat Tuesday?|
Fat Tuesday falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and is the highlight of the Mardi Gras or Carnvial celebrations. Traditional Fat Tuesday refers to the practice of the final night of eating large meals before the ritual of fasting initiates with the Lenten seaosn beginning on Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is also referrred to as Shrove Tuesday, coming the word shrive, which means "to confess." Fat Tuesday traditions include dressing up in costumes, wearing masks, dancing, attending large public gatherings, parades, attending sporting events, and consuming large volumes of alcohol throughout the day.
The most popular United States Fat Tuesday event is located on Bourbon Street and in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisina.