Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 13, 2024: “Every year, Mardi Gras falls the day before Ash Wednesday. And this timing is no coincidence. Ash Wednesday marks the official beginning of Lent, a period of prayer, fasting, and repentance that Catholics and some other Christians observe before Easter. While today, Catholics commonly abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent, in the past, Lenten fasting was far more strict.

“Mardi Gras” is French for Fat Tuesday. The holiday is also known as Shrove Tuesday (from an Old English word meaning to confess) or Pancake Day. Historically, people would spend Fat Tuesday (and sometimes the weeks leading up to it) indulging in the foods (and behaviors) they would abstain from during Lent.”

Also, today is Fastnacht Day meaning “fast” and “night” in German where fastnachts are served as a precursor to the start of the Lenten season. Fastnachts are heavy, yeast-raised potato donuts featured prominently in Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. Also, similarly, it’s Pączki Day. Pączki is the specialty fried dough filled with jams or custard served on the last day to indulge in foods before the traditional 40-day period of fasting before Easter.

The weather today will be snow, with a slight chance of rain in the morning, and then a chance of snow in the afternoon. Precipitation may be heavy at times in the morning. Total snow accumulation is of 4 to 8 inches. Breezy, with highs in the lower 30s and a low of 21. Northwest winds 20 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph. The chance of precipitation is near 100%.

Another listing in our Marketplace! Summer Week (June 22nd – June 29th) at Westin St. John Resort Villas. 2-bed, 2-bath Sunset Bay unit near pool & beach. Private beach with free kayak & sailboat usage, tennis courts, disc golf, snorkeling, on-site dining, and boat tours. Car rental is available. Asking price: $5,000. Check it under the Experiences category.

Have you ordered your 2024 Maryland Natural Resource Wall Calendar yet? Experience Maryland’s breathtaking landscapes and wildlife throughout the year with captivating photos. You can order yours at ShopDNR.com.

Garrett 8 Cinemas will have its Tuesday Movie of the Week featuring the movie Mean Girls.

Come and experience Kids’ Night Out at Mountain State Brewing today! Get a free Kids Meal when you buy one (of equal or lesser value)!

There is an available commercial space in Garrett County McHenry Business Park. Check the link for more information.

The JTF Public Skate Session is wrapping up in the final days! Be sure to check their schedule and make the most of it!

Treat your Valentine to a sweet escape at Wisp Resort! Enjoy a 1-night stay, an all-inclusive ski or snowboard package, and a Valentine’s dinner at DC’s Bar + Restaurant. Valid only on February 13 & 14, 2024.

It’s 10 for $10 Tuesdays at The Greene Turtle (Deep Creek) featuring 10 bone-in wings for just $10! Plus, enjoy $2 drafts.

The Garrett County Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting is today at the Dennett Road Educational Complex. It’s open to the public and will be live-streamed.

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