Day of the holy kings! (“Reyes”)

January 6th is Three Kings Day in Mexico, known as the Día de Reyes. This is Epiphany on the church calendar, the 12th day after Christmas, when the Magi arrived bearing gifts for baby Jesus. In Mexico children receive gifts on this day, brought by the three kings, los Reyes Magos, Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar. Some children receive gifts from both Santa Claus and the Kings, but Santa is seen as an imported custom, and the traditional day for Mexican children to receive gifts is January 6.

Reyes had a short stop at our house (Haribos”s) and in the evening we organized a “Rosca de Reyes’ and hot chocolate at our house.

Rosca de Reyes is a special sweet bread which is eaten on King’s Day (Epiphany), known as “Día de Reyes” in Mexico and celebrated on January 6. “Rosca” means wreath and “reyes” means kings. The bread is shaped in the form of a wreath and has candied fruit on top, and a figurine of a baby Jesus baked inside. The person who is served a piece of rosca with the figurine is expected to host a party on Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas), celebrated on February 2nd, when tamales are served.

The Rosca de Reyes symbolizes a crown, and the dried fruit on top are jewels on the crown. The figurine hidden inside represents Jesus who went into hiding from King Herod. The person who finds the baby Jesus is symbolically his godparent and must sponsor the party when he is taken to the temple to be blessed (on February 2nd).

Oli found the “Jesus” and Claudia found quite some tasks for the “Dia de la Candelaria” as well … will be eating tamales either at Peiros home or again at our house!

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