Mardi Gras Quiz by OnTopic
Mardi is the French word for "Tuesday" and Gras means "fat." In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday."
It is thought that the tiny figurine represents Baby Jesus and that those who receive cake pieces containing the figurine are considered to be blessed.
The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "absolve." Pancakes are often consumed on Shrove Tuesday, because the event was a practical way of using up rich and perishable foods, such as eggs and milk, before the start of Lent's 40-day fasting season.