How much do you (think you) know about the cultural and theological underpinnings of Mardi Gras? Test your knowledge in the latest edition of Rachel’s Trivia Challenge!
Learn more about the meanings of some of Mardi Gras’s many names, what Luther said (or maybe didn’t say) about the festival, how to spell the name of a popular Polish pastry, and the real reason Christians celebrate at this time of year. (Hint: it’s not pancakes.)
To dig deeper into a few of the sources mentioned in the show, check out Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller’s blog post on Luther and fasting, the Oma Way blog on German fastnacht traditions, and Bob Scribner’s article “Reformation, carnival, and the world turned upside down.”
Correction note: While the Ladies did spell “pączki” right on the first try, they ultimately put the “swooshy thing” under the wrong letter. It goes under the a, not the c.
Mardi Gras Pug Photo credit: DaPuglet on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA
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