This is King’s Day
Día de Reyes is practically upon us. ‘King’s Day’, which takes place on the 6th of January, is a big deal in Mexico and is celebrated with gifts and ‘Rosca de Reyes’. Traditionally this is the day that children get gifts from ‘los reyes magos’ (as well as from Santa, an imported tradition, on the 25th of December). Rosca de Reyes, a sweet bread in the shape of a wreath decorated with dried fruits is served on the 5th (or 6th). This is the Mexican equivalent of ‘gallete de rois’ in France and Belgium. Each ‘rosca’ (wreath) has at least one baby Jesus in it. If you happen to get the piece with the figurine then you have to host a party for everyone else on February 2nd (Día de la Candelaria), serving tamales. The ‘Rosca de Reyes’ is symbolic of a crown with jewels on it and the hidden figurine of when Jesus went into hiding from King Herod. If you are the one to find the Jesus figurine then you are symbolically his godparent and that is why you host the party when he is taken to be blessed on the 2nd of February. The ‘Rosca’ is only served this time of the year and is similar to a pan dulce but a bit more fancy. The one pictured above has a nata filling; an extra tasty addition! Mexico is a very catholic country, which can be somewhat daunting for non-catholics but these important religious holidays are celebrated in fun and inventive ways that can be enjoyed by everyone.
¡Feliz Día de Reyes!