Monday, January 5, 2015

Dia De Los Reyes Magos

You might have spent the weekend putting away all your Christmas decorations but the religious holiday season officially ends tomorrow, January 6th with Dia de los Reyes Magos, also known as Three Kings Day or Epiphany. This holiday is in celebration of the gifts that the 2 wise men gave to baby Jesus. This holiday is celebrated in Mexico, Spain and other Latin American countries. In fact in some parts of Mexico this is the day where gifts are exchanged.

There are 2 traditions associated with this holiday - the first involves shoes. Children leave their shoes outside with a list of gifts they want. Some even leave grass for the Kings' camels. Then at night the 3 Kings visit and fill the children's shoes with toys and treats.

Another important part of the holiday is the traditional "Rosca de Reyes" or Kings Wreath. An oval shaped sweet bread made to represent the Kings' crowns. It is topped with dried fruit to represent jewels in the crowns. Inside the bread is a little plastic baby doll to represent baby Jesus. If your piece of bread has the baby Jesus in it then you get to host the party for the Dia de la Candelaria in February. 

Feliz Dia De Los Reyes Magos! 

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