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imageimageYou may be back at work but don’t start the detox just yet, because Christmas doesn’t finish until the Twelfth Night is done. No, not the Shakespeare play of the same name, but the festivities marking Epiphany, the arrival of the three kings to baby Jesus.

These days, not many people know much about Twelfth Night, but in the medieval and Tudor periods, it was more important than Christmas Day. Epiphany is fixed in the christian calendar on January 6 each year, exactly 12 days after the birth of Jesus.  And there are plenty of Epiphany rituals – especially regarding food. But as most people no longer have the day off work, it is celebrated on the first Sunday in January and theoretically that is the day, the galette may be cut.  Here in France, L’Epiphanie as it is called, is celebrated with cake. La Galette des Rois or King’s…

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