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  • Fat Tuesday 2011: Top cities that celebrate Mardi Gras

    Partying has begun today in major cities to mark Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, a last gastronomical hurrah before the Christian fasts that start on Ash Wednesday and continue during the season of Lent. The festivities that precede Fat Tuesday are known as Carnival in Catholic European nations, Latin America, and Canada. They are known as Shrovetide in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Mardi Gras in the US and Australia. The Mardi Gras season starts on twelfth night (January 5) and ends on Fat Tuesday, but the festivities and parade season usually last for only the few days nearest Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday 2011 falls on March 8, but the day falls on a different date every year depending on when Easter falls. This year Fat Tuesday is being celebrated later than any other Fat Tuesday in over 150 years. The festivities include rich, fatty foods, masks and elaborate costumes, balls, and large scale parades at which participants throw small gifts. In the early days of the Mardi Gras parades, participants would throw candy or nuts. The "throws" have since evolved to include whistles, trinkets, cups, fake money (called doubloons), beaded necklaces, oranges, and even coconuts.
    03/08/2011 10:23 am

  • Mediterranean diet: Greek salad

    Mediterranean diets are full of with the healthy and robust flavors found in a Greek salad.
    03/08/2011 10:00 am

  • Big ideas for small, money-saving water features

    Here are three examples of not-so-big water features that can make a big impact in your yard but carry a small price tag.
    03/08/2011 08:05 am

  • Guyanese pancakes for Mardi Gras

    Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is also known as Pancake Day.
    03/08/2011 07:05 am

  • Cyberwar and defense against it

    A Christian Science perspective: A defense against cyberwar is a defense against fear.
    03/08/2011 04:05 am

  • Haiti earthquake aftermath: A baby and a plea for help

    A Monitor photographer experiences the state of Haiti's recovery on a very personal level.
    03/07/2011 05:25 pm

  • Beguiled by a loop of string

    As the girl played cat's cradle on the train, the elderly lady beside her brightened with interest.
    03/07/2011 05:19 pm

  • Moral relativism comes to the copy desk

    A question from a colleague reminds the Monitor's language columnist how often an editor's notions of 'right' and 'wrong' are grounded in specifics, not absolutes.
    03/07/2011 05:18 pm

  • A top-dog tale

    When a new dog arrived, cocker spaniel Heidi seemed to lose more than her familiar status.
    03/07/2011 05:17 pm

  • Mardi Gras food: Fastnachts doughnuts for Shrove Tuesday

    Mardi Gras food consumed the day before Lent is celebrated in German-American kitchens with decadent doughnuts.
    03/07/2011 05:00 pm

  • Meatless Monday: Hot and sour lime soup

    Green is the color of spring, growth, and spicy hot and sour lime soup.
    03/07/2011 12:30 pm

  • How to grow and prepare beets

    A gardener and a chef team up to show you how to grow beets and then use them in a delicious salad.
    03/07/2011 08:15 am

  • Unexpected courage and strength in an emergency

    A Christian Science perspective: Where do the desire, courage, and strength needed to help others in an emergency come from?
    03/07/2011 04:05 am

  • Google logo gets a 'Spirited' look

    To celebrate the 94th birthday of comic book legend Will Eisner, Google's Doodle bases its look today on Eisner’s classic character 'The Spirit.'
    03/06/2011 11:36 am

  • Make a terrarium

    A group of gardening friends gathers to create 'new' terrariums.
    03/06/2011 09:10 am

  • Do you know the Mardi Gras plant?

    Common names for plants can be colorful and descriptive. Maybe you've heard of dooryard plant or hearts a bustin'.
    03/05/2011 09:05 am

  • Carmen in 3D: movie review

    'Carmen in 3D' is a great opera, beautifully sung and the latest in a line of classic operas now showing in movie theaters.
    03/04/2011 06:00 pm

  • Happythankyoumoreplease: movie review

    ‘Happythankyoumoreplease’ hangs on three stories, each of them a little tedious.
    03/04/2011 06:00 pm

  • A thoroughly modern opera: Robots enter a new frontier

    Tod Machover's futuristic opera, 'Death and the Powers,' features robots and puts technology in the leading role.
    03/04/2011 04:42 pm

  • Top Picks: A tribute to Bob Marley, a Tchaikovsky concert, Aaron Neville's new album, and more

    A 'Playing for Change' mashup of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song,' a live broadcast of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Tchaikovsky concert, Aaron Neville's latest gospel album, and more recommendations.
    03/04/2011 04:36 pm

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