February 20th, 2012
I would have to say one of the most enjoyable aspects of working at MR Label Co., is the celebration of holidays. From birthdays to Christmas, from March Madness to the Superbowl, from Openning Day to the first day of summer... we like to celebrate all of the holidays!
On Fat Tuesday everyone is bringing in something to share such as: a king cake, chili, bagels with dip, desserts, cookies, sandwiches, chips and dip, etc. If you are in the ares we would love to have our customers stop in and celebrate wtih us.
Check out the history if Fat Tuesday at this link:
As Mardi Gras approaches you may ask yourself, what is Fat Tuesday and what does it have to do with Mardi Gras? Well, Fat Tuesday actually is Mardi Gras. Mardi is the French word for fat while Gras is the French word for Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is celebrated on the day before Lent and is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is a legal holiday and always occurs 47 days before Easter, which means it is a fluctuating date like Easter and occurs on a Tuesday between February and March beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. In New Orleans, Fat Tuesday is traditionally celebrated with parades organized by Carnival krewes. The float riders toss colorful beads, doubloons (aluminum or wooden dollar-sized coins), throw cups and small toys.
Fat Tuesday is celebrated by indulging in gluttonous amounts of rich fatty food which is typically creole food, drinking, and sometimes participating in sinful behaviors before fasting. Other customs associated with Fat Tuesday include wearing decorative masks and costumes, parades and dancing. Those celebrating Fat Tuesday wear the official colors for Mardi Gras: purple, green and gold. The official colors were chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex. The color purple represents justice, the color green stands for faith, and the color gold stands for power.
For two centuries Fat Tuesday has been an annual event in New Orleans, with the exception of during the two World Wars.
King Cakes are a big part of Mardi Gras tradition, with the orgins dating back to the Feast of the Twelfth Night, which honors the three kings present at the Christ child's birth. In modern day Mardi Gras celebration tradition, the person who gets the “lucky” piece of cake with the baby doll inside, will throw the next party or simply buy or make the next King Cake. Hurricane Cocktails are a traditional drink in New Orleans in general, but particularly during Mardi Gras.