Mardi Gras 2022 is Tuesday, March 1
Although Church fathers established Easter as a movable holiday in 325, it wasn’t until 1582, under Pope Gregory XIII, that Mardi Gras became a holiday on the Christian calendar on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.
The underlying reasoning was to have all the foolishness and indulgence be finished when it came time to start atoning and fasting. As the climax of Carnival and a traditional day of feasting — as symbolized by the ritual slaughter of a fatted bull or ox (boeuf gras) — the celebration came to be known as Fat Tuesday, or as French would say, Mardi Gras.
Also sometimes referred to as Carnival Day, Mardi Gras is always scheduled 47 days preceding Easter (the 40 days of Lent plus seven Sundays).
Future Mardi Gras Dates
2023 – February 21
2024 – February 13
2025 – March 4
2026 – February 17
2027 – February 9