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Celebrate Mardi Gras 2015 in Galveston!

Kings CakeThe Tradition of the King Cake

A Delicious Tradition

The King Cake is usually associated with the celebration of Mardi Gras.  Actually, it celebrates Kings Day, which is one in a series of many Christian customs observed from Christmas until Easter Sunday.  Kings Day, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany or the Twelfth Night, is celebrated 12 days after Christmas and marks the coming of the 3 Kings bearing gifts for the Christ Child.  It also marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras season, a time of festivities, private masked balls and preparations for Mardi Gras day.  Popular custom includes the baking of a special cake in honor of the 3 Kings.  A King Cake is a cinnamon dough baked in a circular ring, decorated with colored sugar in traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. A small doll is baked inside the cake and represents the Baby Jesus.  The person who gets the piece of cake with the doll inside receives good luck and is expected to buy the next King Cake and throw the next King Cake party. This continues every week until Fat Tuesday, the final day of celebration and merriment before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent, 40 days of fasting and prayer leading up to Easter Sunday.  So now that you understand that Mardi Gras and King Cakes are part of religious tradition, you can go ahead and indulge without the guilt.  

Start your own tradition at the office or with your friends.  It’s a good excuse to have another party.  You can contact two of our favorite bakeries for a King Cake:                                                

Hydel’s Bakery in New Orleans. They ship overnight anywhere in the world, (800) 442-1342, or Patty Cakes Bakery,  704  14th Street,  Galveston, Texas, (409) 762-2537.

If you will be visiting from out of town and are looking for a place to worship during the holiday, you can visit  www.galveston.com/religion  to browse their directory of houses of worship and find a place that is right for you and your family.