Epiphany: taste the delicious king cake!
On January 6th in Luxembourg, you can taste the traditional king cake to celebrate Epiphany or Dräikinneksdag (Three Kings Day).
Epiphany is a Christian celebration that takes place every year after Christmas celebrations. It is the symbol of the Three Kings’ visit to Jesus after his birth. In Luxembourg, Epiphany is not a public holiday unlike other European countries. In Spain, it corresponds to the day when children receive gifts, such as Saint Nicholas Day in Luxembourg or Christmas in other Christian countries. However, the cake eaten on this occasion, called king cake, would be rather of pagan origin, celebrating the return of the light with the days that lengthen.
A charm is hidden in the king cake; it is often made with puff pastry and frangipane (kind of almond cream). The charm was originally a broad bean as a symbol of revival. The vegetable is now replaced by a ceramic figurine, representating a specific character or object. There are all kinds of charms: they make charm collectors happy.
When bought in bakeries or shops, the king cake is sold with a golden cardboard crown. the king cake is traditionally eaten in family. The youngest member of the family goes under the table to randomly assign each piece of cake to those who are here. Whoever finds the charm is entitled to the crown and becomes the king or queen of the day!
Learn more about traditions in Luxembourg.