MARDI GRAS – FAT TUESDAY – VALENTINE’S

Written By: Valorie, , Events

Come celebrate with us for Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and

Valentine’s Day all rolled into one grand party.

 

Join us Feb. 13th at the Shawnee Senior Center.  Dance to the music of the Story Time Band 1-3:30, pop over to the Lovers of Mardi Gras’s Photo Booth to get that kodak moment with your sweetie or dear friends.

Enjoy a tasty Cajun lunch served at 12 noon and then the festivities will begin at 1pm.

 

What is Mardi Gras?

The first America Mardi Gras took place, March 3, 1699, just a few days ago. French explores landed near New Orleans, Louisiana.  They commenced in celebration, and in honor of the celebrate, named the spot “Point du Mardi Gras.”

In other countries, Mardi Gras is know as “Shrove Tuesday”, which originated from the word “Shrive”, meaning “Confess”.

 

Do you know what a King Cake is? 

This is very interesting information:  The King Cake is of course a cake and was associated in various countries with the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas holiday; and in some counties it’s associated with pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras/Carnival.

It started out some 300 years ago as a dry French bread-type dough with sugar on top and a bean inside which now comes in different varieties depending on the country/region.  Some people make their King Cakes from a sweet brioche dough in like a bundt pan style, glazed and colored sugar sprinkled on top, or made with puff pastry, filled with one of several different fillings (i.e., almond, apple, chocolate/pear, etc.), plus have a little baby or figurine inside.

The small plastic baby figurine is to represent the Baby Jesus.  The person who finds whatever figurine used inside of the King Cake has various privileges and obligations, (i.e., buying next years cake)

I just love to know the origin of various holidays and traditions, I find their history is always a fun fact to read or tell.

 

 

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