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Since the 300's, King's Day (also called the Epiphany, little Christmas, or "Twelth Night") has been celebrated on January 6.  This day commemorates the finding of the infant Jesus by the Three Wise Men or Kings and their bestowing on him the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Traditionally King Cakes are oval-shaped to show unity of all Christians. Because King's Day represents the start of the Carnival season, which ends with Mardi Gras, King Cakes are decorated with the Carnival colors of green (faith), gold (power), and purple (justice).

In the past a bean, pecan, pea, or coin hidden inside the cake was used to symbolize the baby Jesus and the search for him. Today, a tiny plastic baby is used. As a King Cake is cut, each person awaits anxiously for a piece to locate the "baby". The person who finds the baby is "King of the Party" and obligated to bring a King Cake to next year's Mardi Gras party.

King Cakes are a fun tradition that you can celebrate anytime during the Carnival season at home, in your office, or in your classroom. Carnival ends on Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday"), which represents the day before Lent begins.  This year, Mardi Gras falls on or February 25th.  
Great Harvest Bread of Lake Orion
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