A Ghoul’s Day Out

Mardi Gras is a ghoul’s day out. Christians have taken to celebrating the lengthy period between the Epiphany (January 19) and Lent (ashes, ashes, it’s Wednesday) with a big blowout that involves gorging on everything they will soon give up. Blowouts are popular, so you’ll find humans celebrating worldwide. In some places it’s Carnivale, emphasis on the carnivorous, as the meat will supposedly be in short supply after the big party. And hidden behind all the costumes and masks, the food, the liquor, the drunken brawls, perhaps, are the darker meanings of this celebration. Oh, it’s fear of the evil spirits. It always is. As if the dark side was anything but the shadow puppet of light. Well, feast on! When it’s over and you come back to your senses, the real struggle begins. Laissez les bon temps rouler! You are going to have one hell of a hangover!

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice