Fête de la galette des rois
At the Alliance Francaise auditorium
Faithful to a long standing French tradition, the Alliance Francaise de Colombo is organizing a function to celebrate the “Epiphany” with the “Galette des rois”. Come and join us to enjoy the food, drinks, music and dance at this traditional French fest.
What is the Epiphany?
From the Middle Ages, the epiphany has been celebrated with a special Twelfth Night cake: la galette des rois, literally the King’s cake.
This culinary tradition even survived the French Revolution when it became the ‘Gâteau de l’Êgalité (the equality cake), as Kings were not very popular in those years!
The cake contains a lucky charm (une fève) which originally was a bean, a symbol of fertility. Whoever found the charm in their slice of cake, became King or Queen and had to buy a round of drinks for all their companions.
The modern Galette des Rois is made of puff pastry and can be plain or filled with frangipane, an almond-flavoured paste. It is sold in all French bakeries and eating the galette from the 6th up to the end of January is still a very popular tradition and an opportunity for families and friends to gather around the table. The youngest person in the room (usually a child) hides under the table and shouts out which guest each slice of cake should be given to. The person who finds the fève in their slice of galette becomes the King or Queen and is given a golden paper crown. The King or Queen then has to choose his Queen or her King, by dropping the lucky charm.