The word Tuesday is derived from Old English/Middle English and refers to the Norse god of war. Election Day and Mardi Gras take place on Tuesdays so sales, promotions, special offers can be found at many retailers. Federal elections are mandated by law to be held the first Tuesday in November, however state and local elections may take place in other months. The date for Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday (day before the first day of Christian Lent) is variable but always on a Tuesday. For Election Day, retailers may have sales, special offers and election related goods. At Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday retailers might have sales and promotions. On Election Day, some restaurants and fast food chains occasionally have free food and drink offers, especially on Presidential election days. Stores that have Tuesday sales are: Gap, Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft, SitStay, Sizzix, Smashbox, Travelocity.