Even though Christmas feels like it's over after all of the presents are unwrapped, traditionally the Christmas holiday only just begins on Christmas day, and ends 12 days later on the Twelfth Night. This day is believed in Christianity to mark the coming of the Epiphany. While deeply rooted in religious beliefs, the Twelfth Night celebration has evolved throughout the generations into a mainstream holiday with an ever iincreasing importance here in New Orleans! Besides marking the end of the Christmas season, the Twelfth night denotes the beginning of the Carnival season, which is naturally a cause for celebration! One of the traditional ways to celebrate the Twelfth Night in New Orleans is eating King Cake, which gets its name from its association with Twelfth Night religious celebrations. On the Epiphany, the 3 magi visit the Christ Child. This symbolism is reflected in the King Cake with the 3 magestic colors of sugar topping, purple, green, and gold, and the plastic baby found baked into the cake. It is seen as tabboo to eat King Cake outside of carnival season, but between January 6th and Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras day, there will be an abundant supply and demand for King Cake. Every local New Orleanian has a favorite bakery to get their carnival season king cakes. It's definitely acceptable and encouraged to try them all and pick out your favorite!
Upcoming Twelfth Night Celebration
Jan 2, 2016 | History