Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)

Happy Fat Tuesday!

When we hear the words “Mardi Gras” it probably brings to mind a party in New Orleans filled with costumes, floats, beads and booze. The truth is, although Mardi Gras is a celebration, there is actually some history behind those wild New Orleans traditions.

For instance, each traditional Mardi Gras color has a meaning. Purple for justice, gold for power and green for faith. There is also the traditional King Cake. A cinnamon cake topped with colored sugar, that has a small trinket baked inside for someone to find.

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is like the last hurrah before the 40 days of Lent, when many give up something they consider to be a vice.

Check out this link to see the history behind some of the other Mardi Gras traditions that are still practiced today. (throwing beads, wearing masks and Zulu coconuts!)