Lent is about to start – which means today is Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”)! Cities around the world are celebrating the pre-Lenten period with a range of carnival-like celebrations.
If you’re thinking of heading to a Mardis Gras celebration next year, or would like to know more about where these carnival-style events take place, a map is always a good place to start looking!
Our first map (above) shows the top 12 countries renowned for their Mardis Gras parades and celebrations, including Brazil, USA, and Mexico.
Meanwhile, our second map gives you a clear picture of the countries that celebrate the pre-Lenten season with their own festivals.
Notably, these festivals are largely centered on Europe where Mardis Gras is said to have originated – but also in the United States, which inherited many European festival traditions due to immigration.