“La fête des rois” or Kings Day in France

Today is Kings Day in France. It celebrates the visit of the three Wise Kings to Jesus.

Monique from France wrote…

Friends generally gather to share a galette or a royaume (kingdom, that’s the way the King’s Cake, a ring cake without filling, is called in Southern France). The one who finds the trinket inside the cake has to buy another cake, then the group gathers again and so on. We eat it with cider or sparkling wine or pétillant de raisin. We may do that at our working place too. That’s why you can find cakes for sale long after January 6th.

Here’s a photo of a royaume from southern France…

Photo of Royaume

This tradition is also celebrated in Quebec and New Orleans.

Many thanks to Monique of Mama Lisa’s World en français for the photo and the interesting commentary.

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2 Responses to ““La fête des rois” or Kings Day in France”

  1. Hugues Says:


    The one who finds the trinket becomes the king (or queen) for a day. He has to wear a pretty crown (in gold paper) and he (or she) has to find a queen (or a king) around the table, giving her (or him) a similar crown. Then he (or she) has to give a kiss at the queen (or the king).


  2. The Epiphany, Kings Day and King’s Cake with MP3 of “J’aime la galette” | Mama Lisa's World Blog Says:

    […] an almond/butter filling called frangipane. In the south of France, King’s Cake is called a royaume and is made in the shape of a ring, representing a crown, and topped with glazed fruit and icing. […]

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