I know we just finished up the Christmas holidays and we haven't even gotten past that relationship holy day of obligation, Valentine's Day, but for those of us who like to plan ahead, here's when the Easter season begins.

Tuesday, March 5 is Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or the day before the Lenten season begins. Traditionally on that day, Catholics are supposed to use up all their rich, decadent foodstuffs to get ready for the fasting and abstinence of Lent. It is also the day that people go a little bananas, drink like fish, and try to get beads given to them for flashing certain body parts while they party their faces off.

Wednesday, March 6, is Ash Wednesday, which is, of course, the day we are supposed to go to church to get ashes put on our hungover foreheads and chose something to give up in an act of repentance for our sins. Palm crosses from the previous Palm Sunday are burned and that is the ash that is used to make the cross on your forehead, ya sinner.

Easter Sunday will be Sunday, April 21. The reason Easter Sunday isn't a set date like Christmas is because it is determined not by the calendar, but by the phases of the moon. A little pagan-y for a Christian celebration, for sure. Here is the explanation of the pagan origins of Easter.

Happy Easter!

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