Prep Department Celebrates Epiphany
On Tuesday 12 January, as part as their French lesson, the Pre-preparatory and Preparatory Department celebrated the Epiphany. This is a Christian festival usually held on 6 January in honour of the coming of the Three Kings to the infant Jesus Christ.
In the Northern half of France it is traditional to share a Galette des Rois, which is a round, golden cake made with flaky pastry and often filled with frangipane, fruit or chocolate. The cake contains a charm, usually a porcelain or plastic figurine, called a fève (bean in French).
The person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket becomes "king" or "queen" and wears a paper crown provided with the cake.
The girls enjoyed sharing a Galette des Rois, just as would be done by families across France, and also had great fun discussing the cultural differences between our two countries. The lucky girls in each class who found the charm became king and elected a queen for the day.