On March 5, 2019, residents at Life Care Center of Greeneville, Tennessee, had a blast learning about and being involved in the traditions of Mardi Gras.
Residents were engaged in a “Did Ya Know?” activity, answering interesting trivia questions about the traditions of the festival. They also wore the green, yellow and purple masks popular on this holiday.
At the end of the celebration, residents got to eat the king cake, which is symbolic of the visit of the three magi, or kings, to baby Jesus (the king cake is traditionally eaten between Christmas and Fat Tuesday). The tradition is to hide a small baby, coin or bean in the cake. Whoever finds the hidden object traditionally buys the cake for the following year.
One lucky resident, Glenn Collins, found the plastic baby, and said, “I’m very excited to choose the cake for the next year!”