Traditionally, January 6 has been celebrated as the day the three Magi from the East visited the Christ Child and left him gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh; this day is known as the Feast of the Epiphany. In the Spanish culture, it is called Dia de Reyes (Three Kings Day), and in the French tradition the day is Fete de l’Epiphanie.
At Mater Christi School, Madame Thomas’s French classes celebrated one of the French traditions related to the day by eating cake, with each student hoping to find a bean or small figurine hidden in his/her piece. This meant that the finder would be King or Queen for the day.
In preparation for the day, the students learned the story of the Three Kings and the French customs surrounding this day; a number of generous parents made cakes, and their teacher made the crowns.Mme Thomas had to make many crowns not only for the three royalty in each class, but also because each lucky king and queen could choose another classmate to join them in their special role.
Sister Joanne LaFreniere, RSM
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