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French at Kilgraston – celebrating La Fête des Rois (Epiphany)

French at Kilgraston – celebrating La Fête des Rois (Epiphany)


French at Kilgraston with La Fete des Rois celebrations

French at Kilgraston continues with pupils from Lower Third, Upper Third and Lower Four taking part in virtual La Fête des Rois celebrations with Kilgraston’s Head of Languages, Mme Depreux, which included a live baking session.

La Fête des Rois is a celebration in France that takes place on Twelfth Night.

It includes a king, a queen and a special cake and the French have combined the cake tradition from the Romans and the arrival of the three wise kings in Bethlehem to create a tradition of their own.

The galette des rois is a cake made from puff pastry with almond paste inside and is eaten on this day. Everyone in the family has a piece of the cake and someone gets to be the king or queen for the day. A little plastic or china figurine is placed inside the cake before serving it, and whoever finds it becomes the king or queen. Originally a bean was placed inside the cake, which is une fève in French, and the word is now used for the figurine too.

The cake is served with a crown on top which the king or queen will wear. During the cutting of the cake, le tirage des rois, the youngest member of the family sometimes goes under the table and says the order in which people should be given a slice.

Mme Depreux also shared a song French children sing on La Fête des Rois day called J’aime la galette and you can listen to this here.

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