For those of you that can’t get to N’awlins, this year, not to despair! There’s still plenty you can do right in your own home.
Wear the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold during Mardi Gras whenever you’re not in costume! We presume you’re not in costume at work, but . . . .
Rex selected the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872. The 1892 Rex Parade theme Symbolism of Colors gave meaning to the colors:
- purple represents justice; which comes from the throne of the sovereign king (Jesus)
- green represents faith; which means every growing, never dying
- and power; which is a means to do good works for the world
Break out the King Cake…
In the Christian tradition, Maji come to the Christ Child bearing gifts. Their arrival is celebrated twelve days after Christmas and called the Feast of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night. It’s the start of the Mardi Gras season.
A popular custom is the baking of a special cake (bread) in honor of the three kings called “A King’s Cake.” Inside every cake is a tiny baby (mostly plastic now, but sometimes made of porcelain or even gold). The person who receives the slice of cake with the baby is then continue the festivities by hosting the next King Cake party, with the last King Cake served on Mardi Gras!
Originally, King Cakes were a simple ring of dough with a small amount of decoration. Today’s King Cakes are rich Danish dough, braided and baked with the “baby” inserted. The top of the oval (like an Easter egg) or round (like a crown) cake is then covered with sugar toppings in the three traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold.
And Don’t Forget to Wear Your Mask and samba the night away!