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Mardi Gras Bracelet

Fleur de lis and crown glass slide necklaces

Mardi Gras always falls on the Tuesday that is 46 days before Easter, is always the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent.  February 24 for 2009 but that actually marks the end of the Mardi Gras season.  Carnival officially begins on January 6, which is known as Twelfth Night or King’s Day, so named because it falls 12     days after Christmas on the day the Wise Men are said to have reached Bethlehem.

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These colors are said to have been chosen by Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia during a visit to New Orleans in 1872. This doctrine was reaffirmed in 1892, when the Rex Parade theme “Symbolism of Colors” gave the colors their meanings.

The traditional King Cake is a coffee cake, and is oblong and braided. It is iced with a simple icing and covered with purple, green and gold sugar. Each cake contains a hidden bean or small plastic baby, and custom tells that whoever finds it must either buy the next King Cake or throw the next King Cake Party.

The fleurs-de-lis; pronounced /ˌfləː(r)dəˈliː/ translated from French as “lily flower”) is a stylized design of either an iris or a lily that is now used purely decoratively as well as symbolically, or it may be “at one and the same time political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic and symbolic”, especially in heraldry.

(information from Wikipedia).

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