Mardi Gras Day, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday. The tradition of celebrating and indulging in lots of foods on Fat Tuesday originated as a Christian tradition. Since Ash Wednesday begins a long fasting period for some Christians, Fat Tuesday is a time to enjoy foods and snacks that may be given up during this fasting (Lenten) period.
One of the most celebrated locations of Mardi Gras is right here in the United States on Bourbon Street, New Orleans Louisiana. With parades, festivities, lavish balls, and traditions, you’re sure to get an eye-full if you visit New Orleans on this day.
One of the famous desserts enjoyed on Fat Tuesday is a King Cake. There are many versions of this cake and the most common tradition amongst them all is the hidden baby. Typically, there is a small hidden plastic (or porcelain) baby symbolizing baby Jesus inside the cake. This symbol represents luck and prosperity to whomever finds it. (It is recommended that the baby is placed on top of the cake to avoid any choking hazards if you plan to bake your own!) Check out this website for all the different types of King Cakes and meanings behind them.
Interesting fact…Did you know the owner of The Chrysalis Method, Dr. Simpson, met her husband 17 years ago at Mardi Gras in New Orleans?