Not sure if anyone else is like this, but many events in my life are marked by the food that is eaten. When we travel, I look forward to the local treats we get to consume there above any art we would see in a museum. Seasons are marked by the new foods that show up — like, oh my gosh, make it summer and put an entire watermelon in front of me and I will eat it all myself. And of course, holidays mean specialty foods that you have to indulge in, since they only roll around once a year.
I'm from the Midwest, so Mardi Gras was never much of a thing except for a time that passed before Ash Wednesday, the period of time where I'd have to eat fish for like 5-6 Fridays. But here in Italy, they celebrate what I think of as the Italian version of Mardi Gras — Carnevale! And let me tell you, you'll be converted by the food alone.