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L’Epiphanie, or La Fête des Rois, is celebrated on January 6th, the 12th day of Christmas. This represents the day the three wise men or the three kings arrived with gifts for the baby Jesus. The kings came from the Orient and followed a star to Bethlehem where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were waiting. The three wise men were named Melchior, Gaspard, and Balthazar. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

The feast of the three kings is celebrated with a special cake, called a galette des rois. The galette has a "feve" baked into it. This can be a toy, bean, or small ceramic figure. The person who has the "feve" in their piece of cake is king or queen for the day. Children make and wear crowns to celebrate l’Epiphanie.