3 Good Things Thursday - Mardi Gras Edition

1.  King Cake!  The King Cake is typically a sweet, bread-like cake, decorated with the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, gold and purple.  As a surprise, a coin, a tiny crown or a small toy baby doll is tucked inside.  The one who finds it is crowned King!  Check out this recipe.

2.  "Mardi Gras" literally means "Fat Tuesday".  It's the day when the fats (butter, oil, etc.) would be used up, so that the house would be free of these goodies during the Lenten season.  For a nice explanation, check out American Catholic.

3. "Carnival"!  Although now associated with parades and floats, this too is a Catholic tradition:  the last enjoyment of rich foods before the Lenten fast. Some believe it derives from the medieval Latin carnem levare or carnelevarium, which means to take away or remove meat.

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