Today, January 6, is the Feast of Epiphany. The word epiphany itself means “appearing.” The Feast of Epiphany then celebrates the appearing of Jesus as the Son of God. How was Jesus shown early on to be the Son of God? Through his baptism, the miracle of changing water into wine, and most notably for Epiphany, through the arrival of the magi, who were gentile oriental kings who traveled far and wide to worship the newborn Baby King Jesus.
L’Epiphanie is apparently a pretty big deal here in France. To celebrate, all the bakeries and supermarkets sell galette des rois or king cake. “King” in the name, of course, refers to those magi we just talked about. Imagine a festival about kings in a country that so cheerfully deposed their own some centuries ago!
Here is the galette des rois I picked up from the bakery just down the street from us. And what a tasty opportunity to practice my French!
The cake itself is a sort of flaky pastry with a layer of frangipane in the middle. Though that’s not all. Hidden inside is a fève, a trinkety little porcelain or plastic prize. The person whose slice contains the fève is crowned king or queen and gets to wear the Burger King-esque golden crown.
All during dinner Poppy could hardly wait to dig into the cake and wear the crown. In fact, she prematurely crowned herself queen of our petite ville.
After dinner and once the cake was apportioned, the lot was cast and and we waited to see who’d be our king or queen for the evening.
Who will it be?
I mean Queen Granny. Grandad was a good sport about it, knowing all along who the real boss is.
Our fève was a mini box of movie theatre popcorn. So, apparently the three wise men brought Jesus gold, frankincense and popcorn!
Meanwhile, Henry longs for the day when he’ll be king and can drink all the milk in the world.