Press release

LE BRUNCH DES ROIS MAGES avec l’historien Francis Désilets et le conteur Éric MichaudBRUNCH OF THE THREE WISE MEN

Sunday January 7 2018, from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m., Maison Saint-Gabriel will start the year in a festive manner by celebrating Epiphany with a joyous meal. The King Cake will be served. Who will be king? Who will be queen? Take part! Historian Francis Désilets will take us along in the footsteps of Gaspard, Melchior and Balthazar, the three wise men! He will tell us about Epiphany and the tradition of the King Cake. On this day, story-teller Éric Michaud will recount legends and tales for us.

Epiphany is a festival that commemorates both the revelation of God the Son and the adoration of the three wise men, Gaspard, Melchior and Balthazar. The name comes from the Greek word epiphaneia which means appearance, manifestation. According to the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, the three wise men came to Bethlehem, guided by a star. Melchior brought gold, Balthazar, myrrh, and Gaspard, incense. Story-teller Éric Michaud will tell wonderful stories and Francis Désilets will talk to us from the point of view of History.

The King Cake and its beans
A bean is hidden in any self-respecting King Cake. The person who finds it will be fleetingly known as the King and will be entitled to choose his Queen (or vice versa). While a dry bean is hidden in home-made cakes, pastry shops generally use plastic beans. This is a far cry from the beans made from porcelain (which appeared in 1870), faience and even precious metals which were hidden in the cakes of the wealthy in days gone by. These beans have become veritable collector's items for bean enthusiasts. Once again, this tradition has pagan roots since, at the beginning of January, a bean was used to elect a king of the Roman Saturnalia.

his activity takes place on Sunday, January 7, from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.,
at the Catherine-Crolo pavilion, 2146 Place Dublin, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montréal.

Admission: $40.00 (taxes included)
Maximum 30 people

Reservations required: 514 935-8136