6 Jan 2013

King for a Day in Switzerland

With approximately a cake per household, today's 'Dreikoenigskuchen' celebrations are most likely of Switzerland's most successful traditional custom alive.
Associated with the Festival of Epiphany in the Christmas season, the 'Dreikoenigskuchen' has a small hidden trinket (representing a King) inside. If you're lucky enough to get the piece with the trinket, you simply fetch the crown and enjoy various privileges and obligations for the day.

But Switzerland's to crown 1.5 million new royals are not such an elitist clubPopular across many European countries, the king cake is also celebrated in the Quebec, the Spanish America and the Southeastern region of the United Stateswhere it is closely associated with Mardi Gras traditions.

Go on. Get up and get your cake then...