Mardi Gras or Traditional Shrovetide Carnival is still being celebrated in Europe. However, only a few countries maintained the archaic traditions, authentic masks and foods. Originating from deep agricultural traditions, the winter carnival was meant to improve fertility. During the centuries it was that one day of the year when people could dress up and become unalike characters and act wild or out-of-the-way.
In the Christian tradition it is known as Shrove Tuesday and marks the 46 days period of contemplation and fasting before Easter.