Saturday, January 5, 2008

We are feasting like Kings!

Today we went to the grocery store, and on our way there we noticed that all of our little bakeries were full of cakes with crowns on them! Of course, we had to buy one. We chose a chocolate flavoured cake - I'm not exactly sure what the other choices were. The cake was packed in a special box covered with pictures of crowns, and we got our own crown inside the box to put on the cake when we arrived home.

We had to resort to google to figure out what we were celebrating with this very interesting cake. As it turns out, we are celebrating the Epiphany - also called Twelfth Day, and also called Three Kings Day. It is the day that the three magi visited baby Jesus, revealing him as God in human form. It is celebrated on January 6th, but we'll probably eat our cake tonight - there is apparently some controversy about whether we should be celebrating on the 5th or the 6th, so no one will notice anyways. :)

According to wikipedia, our cake should contain either a bean or a trinket of some sort, and whoever gets the trinket is declared King for the year, and also has to bring the cake to next year's party. Michael has already decided that he is this year's king, as you can see in the picture of him. He will be wearing the crown all night!


Jane said...

Update: Michael actually did get the trinket, which was a little ceramic square with a picture of a crown on it. So it looks like he'll be buying the cake next year!

Leslie said...

Please keep the box for me!

Lorenza said...

Oh, we have that in Mexico too, a celebration of the three wise men etc. Our cakes don't have crowns on them though, but they have a little wax baby hidden in them and whoever gets it has to throw next year's party.