Ok maybe we are onto something big and, if so, you heard it here first, a brand new National holiday ‘Fat Friday’s’. Like most genius inventions it all starts with that ‘aha’ moment.
Perhaps it’s just me and my small circle of friends but has anyone noticed that Fat Tuesday actually starts on ‘Fat Friday’ – Jerry Seinfeld could do an entire show/series around this, I can feel it-send royalty check to…(Or better yet, my friend Karen who is a brilliant stand-up comedian-this could actually launch her Int’l career- do I hear 15% management fee?) For my non-practicing friends, Lent will begin on Wed and for 4o days Christians will be making a painful sacrifice, most commonly referred as ‘giving up’ something that one normally could not live without i.e. cake, ice cream, pasta, bread, cigarettes/alcohol (although I have never heard of anyone even trying to attempt these), etc. So, Fat Tuesday was ‘invented’ – granting the right to pig out – for lack of more eloquent prose- the night before you have to make this overwhelming 40 day commitment. The way I see it, a darn good excuse to really overindulge, end up in some sort of coma for a month, so when you come out it you really didn’t miss much, then you can start where you left off.. Anyway, you get the picture..
And no, I don’t recall anyone getting a head start in past years by beginning the ‘fat’ celebration the Friday before Ash Wednesday but my inner circle has really embraced this concept – ok, at my age maybe I don’t remember that this has been going on for centuries-so sue me if I didn’t think of it first.
I recently learned some things that may also convince you that we are onto something huge – one friend, from another side of the planet (South Africa), actually starts off Fat Tuesday with pancakes-genius! Why not Fat Friday Pancake Day or Fat Friday Pancake Street Festival-I know you’ll buy tickets? Syrups from all over the World..okay stop!
Then. what really prompted this brilliance, was a call from the in-laws in NY on Monday (what do you think of Fat Monday?), “guess what’s happening at the local French Bakery, I don’t know what- there have been lines around the block for the entire day – just to savor that last piece of pastry that you won’t enjoy for what seems like the rest of your life!” (not kidding 40 days is brutal)
Okay, so maybe we didn’t think of this first but I still want proof-scour your sources and send me a legitimate Fat Friday advertisement and if not, just send the check! Happy Easter.. Oh, just in case you run out of ideas on how to best gouge yourself today: http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/events-and-gatherings/mardi-gras/