French Club Festivities


Written by Mariam Esber, Journalist, Photographer

It is safe to say that the PGHS French Department is extremely small, but cultural festivities are always celebrated with a touch of grandiosité. On the fourteenth of January, the French Club, headed by Madame Olin, held a King Cake, or Galette des Rois party to commemorate Three Kings Day, or Twelfth Night (January 6).

Three Kings Day is celebrated by Catholic-majority countries including France, Spain, and Mexico. The holiday marks the arrival of the Epiphany, the day the Three Wise Men visited Jesus Christ.  On Three Kings Day, it is traditional to hold a party and to serve a king cake, a confection made with puff pastry, butter, almond meal, icing sugar, eggs, white flour, and rum (optional). Before the baker puts the cake in the oven, he/she places une fève, or a charm, usually in the shape of the baby Jesus, in the raw batter (uncooked beans or raw almonds can be used as replacement). After hosts serve the cake, the person who finds the charm is crowned “king” or “queen” and can crown another person in addition. The king or queen bear the responsibility of providing the king cake at the next Twelfth Night party.

To mark Twelfth Night, each member of the French club was asked to bring a king cake to share, and said members did not skimp out. Matthew Mendez provided a large, scrumptious Rosca de Reyes. The lucky Noah Sanders found the skeleton charm hidden inside the delight and was subsequently crowned king. Chloe Stickler diverged slightly from tradition and brought in a rich chocolate bundt cake with a little duck charm (that Hallie Gregory found) placed within. The club also invited some PGMS students to relish the tasty desserts.

Although the French Club doesn’t hold events all too frequently, the handful dispersed throughout the year are definitely worth attending. Who knows? Maybe you might been crowned next January.