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【ニューオリンズご紹介 –Part 5】



There are people who practice Voodoo in New Orleans, and you can get numerous Voodoo items like Voodoo dolls! Voodoo dolls are mainly used to curse other individuals. You can ask a Voodoo practitioner to cast a spell and ask them to predict your future; or, you can ask them to change your future in order to be successful. It is fun to visit Voodoo houses, too. It’s a little creepy and spooky, but you can’t experience this anywhere else but in New Orleans!


Next, I would like to talk about a traditional pastry called king cakes, which are a vibrant part of Mardi Gras. A king cake is a round or oval-shaped cake resembling a crown, and it has a hidden trinket (usually in the shape of a baby Jesus) inside; whoever gets the baby in his or her slice of king cake will be the ‘king’ or ‘queen’ of the party. The ‘king’ or ‘queen’ will then be obligated to participate in the Mardi Gras parade. Getting the slice of cake with the baby inside is a sign of good luck, too. During Mardi Gras season, king cakes are sold everywhere in New Orleans.


Mardi Gras is held on the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Lent spans 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday until Easter, and it is the period of time that Christians of many denominations engage in fasting. Mardi Gras is a huge parade! It is super fun for kids during the daytime—but if you’re an adult, you can go to Bourbon Street to enjoy the wild and crazy side of Mardi Gras! You can also get free stuff like teddy bears, T-shirts, kitchenware, CDs, shoes, beads and pretty much anything! You can also dress up in a costume to or get your body painted!

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