This Wednesday we had a surprise here at ECDA! Thomas’ parents wanted to share the tradition of Mardi Gras as it is celebrated in New Orleans. They brought in beads for the children, parents, and staff in our morning group. They even brought in a traditional Kings Cake!

Thomas’ parents explained to us that Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday – signifying the beginning of the Lenten season. The Kings Cake was decorated in the traditional colors of Mardi Gras – purple, yellow, and green. The colors represent Justice, Power, and Faith. Inside the cake somewhere is a tiny “baby” and whoever finds it in their slice of cake will have good luck the rest of the year!

This is a tradition celebrated by many, especially in New Orleans. Celebrating with the children here at ECDA helps promote the practice of healthy rituals, as we have explained in previous posts, is beneficial for your child’s developmental growth. Traditions and healthy rituals are a great way to pass on values and lessons you want to share with your children.

We would like to again thank Thomas’ parents for sharing and teaching us about the Mardi Gras tradition! We had a lot of fun sharing the beads, eating the cake, and hearing traditional Mardi Gras songs!