The Story of Mardi Gras (and the Baby in the King Cake)
Feb 26th, 2014
What is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras has become a popular celebration from New Orleans to New York, so get into the Mardi Gras spirit wherever you live. If you don’t know the history of this fun celebration, it began as part of the New Orleans’s Christian faith, the coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child celebrated twelve days after Christmas; which is known as Kings Day, 12th Night and the ‘Feast of the Epiphany’ and ends on Mardi Gras Day. Mardi Gras Day, also known as Fat Tuesday, is always 47 days prior to Easter Sunday (day before Ash Wednesday). Still a popular custom today, is a special cake in honor of the three kings, called “King’s Cake.” Traditionally, hidden inside each cake is a small plastic baby, and whoever finds the baby in their slice brings the next King cake. No matter where you live, you can still enjoy a traditional king cake, my personal favorite tradition of Mardi Gras, with my simple recipe made with crescent rolls. This is my most requested recipe and kid-friendly! The icing represents the classic colors of the season – purple (justice), green (faith), and yellow (power). Remember the color chart as equal parts of red and blue food coloring make purple. Make a king cake and get into the festive spirit with these easy tips:
- Accent your décor (candles, flowers, balls, beads) with the Mardi Gras colors, green, purple and gold.
- Play jazz as background music.
- Make Holly Clegg’s Easy King Cake recipe
- Use an assortment of green, purple, and gold paper napkins to enhance your theme and for easy clean up.
- Pair your themed Mardi Gras party with other traditional New Orleans style dishes such as Jambalaya, Muffalettas sandwiches, or gumbo
Easy King Cake:
Get the recipe here.
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