Lights, Cakes, Party or Celebration Around the World

Neebal Aridi

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Every year in February, people celebrating Mardi Gras fill the streets all over the world. Mardi Gras is a huge day that people party hard, especially in places like New Orleans and France. Mardi Gras is all about eating as much as someone wants before Ash Wednesday, in which people fast for about 40 days. In French Club, students got into the holiday by deciding to bring King Cakes to class.
“Mardi Gras was originally a religious holiday for Catholics,” French Teacher, Deborah Ferranti, said, “and Fat Tuesday was the day where people would eat as much fatty foods as they wanted before Ash Wednesday, which is a fasting period. In France it only lasts about one day, but there are certainly some places that make it last for a whole week.”
French Club had an event where members created King Cakes to bring to French Club and had a small party.
“King Cakes are as if we were offering cake to the king during Mardi Gras. But there’s a story to it. First, the youngest child hides under the table and tells the person slicing the cake who should get what piece. Whoever gets the slice with féve, a paste, becomes the King and is treated as one. These cakes are called le gallete des rois in French,” said Mrs. Ferranti.
Former French Teacher, Mr. Schulhoff, did similar activities last year involving Mardi Gras.
“I wanted to introduce them to a lot of French traditions involving Mardi Gras,” Mrs. Ferranti said.
Mardi Gras is a holiday full of fun and desserts that everyone should participate in with their families and friends.

Lights, Cakes, Party or Celebration Around the World