March is approaching which means Mardi Gras is coming up!
What is Mardi Gras?
Literally “Fat Tuesday” in French, Mardi Gras falls the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent for Christians). Originally to be ready to deal with the 40-day liturgical period of fasting during Lent, people got to enjoy the Carnival celebration beginning on the Epiphany (January 6th) and ending on Mardi Gras in the beginning of March.
Last day of the Carnival celebrations, Mardi Gras is a day filled with music, parades, excitement and food in abundance! With the traditional purple (representing justice), green (representing faith) and gold (representing power) colors, everyone is dressed up, feasting and having an amazing time. In 2014, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, March 4.
What to do for Mardi Gras?
Now the question is, what are you going to do for Mardi Gras? It is a great occasion to party and spend time with your family and friends but it is always better to plan in advance.
Every year, a lot of people go to New Orleans, famous for its big event, parades and costumes on Mardi Gras but most of us can’t afford to fly or drive there whether it is for money or free time reason. This is why you can choose to host festivities at your place and bring Mardi Gras into your home!
Mardi Gras is all about costumes, masks, confetti, decorations and food. The first thing you have to think about is to decorate your venue with the traditional Mardi Gras colors – purple, green and gold -, get some fun party supplies (go for the reusable and Eco-friendly ones and do your best to avoid waste) and prepare everything you will need when it comes to food, the most important part of the feast.
Doing the dishes after the festivities, especially for such a food oriented one, can be a real bother so you definitely want to go for disposable tableware but keep in mind that it is very important to be Eco-friendly, especially when using disposables! Luckily, Eco-friendly supplies are very easy to find and also very affordable when you know where to look. Go for sugarcane plates for a very cost efficient solution and don’t forget to inform your guests that all plates are compostable. You can be sure they will love the “green” touch. Don’t forget to also decorate your drinks! With colorful compostable straws or with biodegradable bamboo skewers, set your imagination free and make those drinks pretty!
What is the King Cake tradition?
Another great thing about Mardi Gras is the awesome tradition of King Cake. No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without a King Cake! In France and Quebec King Cake is called “Galette des Rois” and consists of a flaky pastry generously filled with almond paste. The tradition wants the cake to be used to draw the King of the party. How so? The cake is baked with a tiny figurine (originally representing baby Jesus) hidden inside and the lucky one who gets the piece of cake with the figurine gets the crown, and get sometimes designated as the next Mardi Gras party host. In America, the cake is very different. Usually baked in a ring shape, it is a yeast bread frosted with purple, green and gold icing.
But no matter what kind of King Cake you are having, Mardi Gras is always a good time and definitely worth having a party!
Have fun and as they say for Mardi Gras, “Let the good times roll”!
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