Sixth Grade students enjoyed la Galette des
Rois (Three Kings’ Cake), a traditional cake eaten on or around the Epiphany
(January 6). Throughout France, Quebec, and other francophone regions, this
cake is part of a celebration that is said to “draw the kings” to the Epiphany.
The thin flaky cake contains a porcelain trinket (“une fêve”) and is adorned
with a paper crown. The person who finds the trinket in his slice becomes king
for the day! To ensure random distribution of the cake slices, the youngest child
goes under the table and assigns each slice to a person as it is cut. Sixth Graders
reenacted this tradition, which dates back to the Middle Ages. In addition to enjoying the special treat, students
also learned the song “J’aime la galette.” Because three cakes were needed for
the whole class, three kings were crowned. Or shall we say queens?
Photo courtesy of Rosemarie Alagia