King cakes flying off the shelves ahead of Fat Tuesday

‘Tis the season of carnivals, parades and…King Cake!!!

People all over the world, especially in New Orleans, are celebrating ahead of Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday (February 13th) with a doughy, delicious, dessert.

Mardi Gras is a Christian holiday that dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites.

According to History.com , King Cake “traditionally honors the Three Kings who visited baby Jesus on the twelfth night or Epiphany (January 6th).”

Inside the gooey goodness is usually a plastic baby that represents Jesus. Whoever finds the baby is responsible for providing next year’s cake.

So why is the holiday so big in New Orleans? According to History.com, “The first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Sieur de Bienville landed near present-day New Orleans, Louisiana. They held a small celebration and dubbed their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras.”

Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll)!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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