During the heart of the winter when the landscape is greyed out and white washed with snow and ice, you are hard pressed to find color of any kind. That may be why we find ourselves mesmerized by a clear blue sky or the stark contrast of a red cardinal against the bare branches of a tree.
But if you hold on to hope as I do, a day will come between late January and mid March…a day splashed with the colors of the season. Colors that will bring a smile to your face and put a song in your heart. The season I know as Mardi Gras! The colors are found in the decorations, trinkets, food and jewelry. The colors are always the same…Purple! Gold! Green!
If you are not from the city of New Orleans you may find yourself a little put off by the brash color combination…but the colors are symbolic and are embedded in the tradition of Mardi Gras. Have you ever wondered what the colors represent? The color purple represents Justice. The color green represents Faith. The color Gold represents Power.
If I were home in the Crescent City, I would be attending an afternoon party enjoying a King Cake from one of the local bakeries. Friends and family would be gathered around the kitchen table enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of cake waiting to see who will get the surprise hidden inside. Yes every King cake made in the traditional fashion will have a plastic baby hidden in the cake.
Today, the baby symbolizes luck and prosperity to whoever finds it in his/her slice of cake. In some traditions, the finder of the baby is designated “king” or “queen” for the evening. That person is also responsible for purchasing next year’s cake, or for throwing the next Mardi Gras party.
However, I do not live in the Crescent City. I live H-Town! So this year I am enjoying sweets made by my own personal baker Sweet n Lowe…Ms. D. has a way of capturing special moments in the form of cookies, cakes and sweet treats. I have to say that Devon’s cookies capture the spirit of Mardi Gras better than any I have seen.
The colors are spot on…the Mardi Gras mask and the Fluer de Lis capture the spirit of New Orleans.
Thank you Sweet n Lowe for helping this Nolagirl enjoy the colors of the season.
Laissez les bon temps rouller!!!
Do you have a colorful tradition you enjoy?