Oglethorpe Feels the Mardi Gras Spirit from Atlanta to New Orleans

This year the Oglethorpe community celebrated “Fat Tuesday” both on the road and at home.

The OU French Club planned a road trip to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday)—the first trip of its kind for the Francophone group. They immersed themselves in the culture, practicing their French language skills and visiting the French-speaking children at L’ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans.

“We learned about the history of the Cajuns and how they were sent to Louisiana from Canada,” said Alexus Whilby, president of the OU French Club. “We learned a lot about the history of voodoo and the contrast between Creoles and Cajuns. We also enjoyed the New Orleans Museum of Art and the French exhibit gallery.” The club plans to make this an annual trip.

While the French Club celebrated in New Orleans, the others back on campus shared a prayer and a delicious spread in Hearst Hall, hosted by the Orthodox Student Union. The feast united students of many different backgrounds, beliefs and religions.

“Hearst Hall has never been as cozy as it was on Fat Tuesday this Lent season!” said student Lidia Awad. “Everyone gathered…to enjoy great company, wonderful food, and celebrate the spiritual journey they were about to embark on.”  

Sophomore Awet Woldegebriel, president of the Orthodox Student Union, described what Lent meant to him, saying “the Lent season keeps me grounded. Fasting or giving something up—going above and beyond what you usually do—is a humbling sacrifice and this Lent, I am excited to be able to share my faith with my Oglethorpe family”.

“The lamb, pastries, and warm fire were exceptional,” said Awad. “But nothing filled the Great Hall more than the love and the joy of everyone holding hands around the table, saying grace and reflecting upon the blessings we had been given.”

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