It's Fastnacht Day, aka Fat Tuesday. "Fastnacht" is a German word meaning "night before the fast," so it always occurs on Shrove Tuesday which marks the beginning of the traditional 40-day period of fasting practiced by Christians before Easter. In New Orleans the day symbolizes Mardi Gras — literally fat Tuesday in French — while in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the word Fasnacht is synonymous with the day to eat fatty, deep-fried donuts for good luck. Traditionally, fastnachts were made by Pennsylvania Dutch housewives to use up the remaining supplies of lard, sugar, fat and butter in the house before Lent during which time they were not to be eaten.
With eating being one of Thelma Lou's all time favorite activities, Fat Tuesday rates high on her scale of holidays to celebrate. Time to howl. It's Mardi Growl! Let the calorie consumption begin.
Did I hear someone say Fasnacht?