I shared the magical holiday of Mardi Gras with my students this week. Some of them said to me, “This is the craziest holiday we have ever heard of!” I have actually have not been to a Mardi Gras Parade since I lived in Mississippi (not far from New Orleans) as a teenager. I imagine the events of Mardi Gras in New Orleans are quite crazy! But to me, it is celebrating the beginning of the Easter season: a time in which we remember what Christ has done for us. If you followed me last year, you know that I gave up meat for Lent. It was a huge challenge, but I actually have cut down a lot on meat products since then. This year, I have decided to give up fried foods and bread, because I have been over-indulging in both since I came to China. We will see how I survive without these staples of China!