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Sixth Graders enjoy la Galette des Rois
Posted on: 1/11/2013 1:53:00 PM

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?
 
Sixth Gradeers enjoy la Galette des Rois 
 
Photo courtesy of Rosemarie Alagia

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