Students at San Diego French-American School learn about galette des rois

Creating crowns out of paper and decorating them with paint and sparkles is part of the fun of King's Day, enjoyed by the children in Martine Senechault's class of 3-year-olds. Photo: Courtesy
Creating crowns out of paper and decorating them with paint and sparkles is part of the fun of King's Day, enjoyed by the children in Martine Senechault's class of 3-year-olds. Photo: Courtesy

[gallery]San Diego French-American School’s pre-elementary school teachers recently introduced the children at the La Jolla School to a very French tradition, the galette des rois — literally the king’s cake.

This special cake is generally eaten throughout the month of January. The 3- and 4-year-olds prepared the cake with their teachers Dominique, Cécile, Claire, Laurence, Martine, Mylène, and Philippe.

The traditional celebration begins on Jan. 6, which coincides with the Epiphany, and celebrates the day on which the three wise kings came to pay their tribute to baby Jesus. Nowadays, the celebration is more of a family and friend ritual which consists of sharing the galette, a puff-pastry cake filled with almond cream, in which a fava bean is hidden. Traditionally, the youngest child of the family hides under the table, an adult divides the galette in even slices, and the child calls out which slice goes to whom. Whoever gets the fava bean or “fève” in French, is named King (or Queen) for the day, gets to wear the golden paper crown that came with the galette, picks who the Queen (or King) will be, and glows with pride

For safety's sake, the school did not include the fava bean.

   
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