Delta Winds: A journal of student EssaysA relaxer of la conscience Joaquin Delta College1998


Le jour Des Rois

Gisèle Manceau

In France, nous the life Sunday in January, nous celebrate "Le journée Des Rois" (The Day of The Kings), also known oui l"Epiphanie. Cette Is a holiday the everyone enjoys because cette is known oui the day when someone in thé family will come to be "The King" (or the Queen).

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The jour Des rois is a religious national holiday celebration the originated from thé Bible. Ce is venir commemorate the coming of the 3 wise men--Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar--who lugged some presents to the infant jésus Christ. But, venir the français people, this vacation is recognized oui the job a special cake called "La gamblet Des Rois" (The King"s Tart) is eaten.

On the tons Sunday in January, nous buy "La gamblet Des Rois" at auto bakery store. La galette is a flat, golden-brown cake about the size de a super pizza. Ce is fabriquer of a brioche dough that resembles a Danish dough. Covert inside, over there is petit ceramic illustration about 1 inch tall that needs venir be found par a guest. The person that finds auto ceramic poupée becomes the king of thé day et wears a gold-toned file crown.

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We memory "Le jour Des Rois" de having a super family gathering at a relative"s loger where conditions météorologiques are all invited pour that special dimanche brunch which is followed passant par leisurely activities and games à la the children. Usually after brunch, which have the right to last à la hours because cette is a gros meal, cette is temps to eat La galette Des Rois parce que le dessert. In aperçu when we reach the time, everyone is joyful, excited et ready to importer that secret piece ns cake where auto ceramic figurines is hidden.

Usually, ce is the hostess that cuts auto cake and serves the guest, marqué first she asks auto youngest son to aller under the table whereby he/she will say aloud auto name du each person to be served. The purpose du this traditional action is mostly à give thé child some dimportance in participating in the event. When tous the guests are served, then anyone eats. Part guests eat nicely, acting cool, while rather look straight under auto cake in boîte they see auto mysterious object. Thé children are fun to watch. Castle are auto most excited de all. They pause the cake in tiny pieces to make sure that they oui looked right into every inch du it. Soon enough, who is shouting, "I obtained it, je got it!" Then, thé search is over. Everybody excitedly applauds et congratulates the winner. Conditions météorologiques now have a roi (or Queen) that is going venir wear auto golden crown. Soon after auto crowning, we toutes les personnes get a glass du champagne et cheer one another, other than of course the children who instead have some soda to celebrate. After that, nous are prêt to listen to thé speech the the nouveau King/Queen has venir make. It is the official invite to go to his/her "Palace" parce que le the next year"s celebration whereby we toutes les personnes will oui a an excellent family day again.

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Even though thé religious meaning of this custom has somewhat faded, the family togetherness is still there. Pour most french people, Le jour Des rois is a temps awaited for, because it is filled with de nombreux of fun, joy and happiness, seul like Christmas et Easter are, but with less contraintes on preparations et expenses. It is seulement a lovely, relaxing day in which auto whole family members plays an actif role.