Paczkis, pancakes, jelly donuts — many food traditions surround this last day before Lent. And Mardi Gras has its own roots in Catholic tradition, as explained here by our friends at St. Anthony Messenger and Our Sunday Visitor.
But also make sure you check out this story by Anna Weaver of the Hawaii Catholic Herald on malassadas, a tradition brought by Portuguese immigrants who arrived in the 1880s and 1890s to work on Hawaii’s plantations.
And if you’re willing to try baking some in your own kitchen, there’s also a family recipe on the same page from a woman who has been making malassadas for over 50 years.
But here’s a warning: You’re going to get hungry just reading about them.