Colors are more than a combination of red, blue, yellow and green. They are also known as verbal communication. “Colors have symbolism and color meanings go beyond ink.”
When the Grand Duke, Alexis Romanoff, selected the official Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold, back in 1872; could he have done so because of the symbolism associated with these colors? For instance, the color purple is symbolic of justice. It is often associated with royalty, nobility and spirituality. Note the rich hues of purple in many capes of kings and queens, as well as noted in robes and cassocks worn by various clergy. Purple is also considered a mysterious color.
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Although Ice Castles was a 1978 movie, depicting a beautiful love story, and a love song ‘Ice Castles’ was recorded some years ago, the ice castles we are speaking of here are actual sculptures in ice, along with many other sculptures that can be viewed at popular tourism events during the winter months.
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The saying, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” might be a popular catch-phrase, but relative to the history of Mardi Gras it is not a phrase so much as a beginning. It seems in ancient Rome, when the early church leaders accepted Christianity, they felt it would be better to include some of the pagan rituals as part of the new faith rather than to ignore or abolish them altogether. Thus, the Christian interpretation of Lupercalia (a circus like festival preceding Lent) is similar to today’s Mardi Gras, filled with galas, parades, the donning of masks and the ever popular bead throwing.
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