6 Jan 2008
THREE KINGS DAY
Today is the "Three Kings Day" or Epiphany which is very much celebrated in certain European countries. In Italy and Spain it is even more celebrated than Christmas.
In Belgium on Epiphany people eat the ""galette des Rois" (sometimes also called "gateau des Rois). This is a kind of king cake, with a trinket or a bean hidden inside. The person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket becomes king for a year and puts a crown on. This is usually a day where families or friends are getting together and share the "galette" it's usually very funny because everybody wants to find the trinket in his part of cake and become a king !
Yesterday I saw these "galettes" everywhere in Bakeries or Supermarkets. In the News they said that 5.200 bakeries have baked between 200 and 250 galettes each !
Every year other trinkets are invented and in fashion. They are in plastic, ceramic or porcelain. This year I found out that Harry Potter trinkets were on the top list. More traditional families put a little Jesus or a bean as trinket or sometimes also coin. This use exists since 1801.
Trinket samples :