Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fat Tuesday

Hello my Mardi Gras raviolis.  Today is Fat Tuesday and what is Fat Tuesday you ask?  Well, Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras or the festival that New Orleans, Louisiana, is famous for. "Gras" is French for fat and "Mardi" is French for Tuesday.

It is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. In addition to fasting, christians also give up something special that they enjoy. So, Fat Tuesday is a celebration and the opportunity to enjoy that favorite food or snack that you give up for the long lenten season.

A special cake called a "King Cake" is prepared and a tiny baby doll is baked inside.  The cake is very colorful with green, yellow and purple icing and glitter.

Here is a picture of the tiny baby in the dough just before it is baked in the oven.

If you find the baby in the King Cake then you are crowned King of the Mardi Gras parade...unless you are a girl and then you will be Queen of the Mardi Gras parade.  You can make King Cake cupcakes and put a baby inside them or on top.

All of the Mardi Gras babies are waving at you.

The Mardi Gras parade is a huge parade with lots of color and noise.  It looks like a grand parade, doesn't it?  Have a wonderful Fat Tuesday my ravs and know that Grandma-ma loves you all.  Fat Tuesday hugs and Mardi Gras kisses.

1 comment:

Renee said...

Laissez les bon temps rouler!