TODAY IS "FAT TUESDAY"
Traditionally the day before Ash Wednesday,
Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) is the last day of celebration
before the beginning of Lent.
The religious origins of Mardi Gras include
serving a "King Cake" today,
after a coin or baby doll is hidden within the cake.
The one who is served and finds the hidden baby
buys the King Cake for next year's celebration.
The tradition goes back to the Three Kings (or wisemen)
who followed the shining star over the stable
where baby Jesus was born.
This is now known as the Epiphany, following Christmas.
This day nows marks Mardi Gras
commemorating the Kings' journey, and
is decorated in the carnival colors of GREEN (for faith),
YELLOW (for power) and PURPLE (for justice.)
And you thought Mardi Gras was all about partying,
and dancing, and drinking, and joining the parade!
If you're served the piece with the baby Jesus hidden inside,
here's hoping you don't choke on it.
(A bad way to start Lent!)