ing Cakes and Mardi Gras are a vibrant part of the Louisiana heritage and traditions.
As part of the Christian faith, the coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. This is called the Feast of the Epiphany. This is a time of celebration, exchanging gifts and feasting. A popular custom is the baking of a
special cake in honor of the three kings, called “A King’s Cake.”
Mardi Gras Traditions
After the rich Danish dough is braided and baked, the “baby” is inserted. The person who receives the slice of cake containing the baby is asked to host the next King Cake party.
The top of the cake is then covered with delicious sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Bakeries stuff their cakes with different flavors of cream cheese and fruit fillings.
Mardi Gras is an important holiday and marks the end of King Cake season. Mardi Gras falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is 40 days before Easter and the beginning of Lent. Many people keep their Christmas trees up to decorate them for Mardi Gras. Traditionally, school is dismissed for two days.