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L'Epiphanie - an edible French tradition

A typical French tradition that I remember is on the 6 January when we celebrate l’Epiphanie (in some places in France it is celebrated the first Sunday after the 1st January).

L’Epiphanie is the day when the three Kings are visiting baby Jesus and this tradition is celebrated by eating a “Galette des Rois” which you can buy from your supermarket or from your local baker.  It is best warmed up slightly in the oven before serving and the smell coming out is just delightful.  Everyone gathers around the table and cuts the “galette” but make sure you do not cut through “la feve”. As part of the tradition “La fève” a bean or small china charm is hidden in the “Galette des Rois” and the person who finds the “fève” in his or her slice, becomes the Queen or the King for the day and he or she has to wear a crown. The paper crown is sometimes supplied with the “Galette des Rois” from the supermarket!

This is another very good memory I have of French celebrations around Christmas and New Year time and yet another occasion to have all the family together and retain that wonderful Christmas feeling.

If you want to bake your own "Galette des Rois" take a look at this recipe.