Rosca de Reyes

Reported by Breeze Ruiz

The Three Wise Men, also known as the Three Kings, visited baby Jesus at the time of his birth, presenting him with gifts such as gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Latin American and Spanish-speaking countries celebrate the Day of the Reyes Magos on January 6th every year, but it is not limited to these regions.

The day is marked by gift-giving, the cutting of the Rosca de Reyes (a delicious, colorful bread), and various other festive activities. The Rosca de Reyes is sometimes referred to as “the Kings Cake” or “three Kings Bread”.

On the day before the Reyes Magos, children place their shoes by the Christmas tree, hoping that the Three Wise Men will fill them with gifts. If you missed giving a gift at Christmas, this is the perfect day to make it up.

The Rosca de Reyes bread is made to commemorate the Three Kings who followed the Bethlehem star to find baby Jesus. On January 6th, people cut a slice of the bread, and if they find a baby Jesus doll in it, they must make tamales for the entire family. Some people enjoy this responsibility, while others do not. For those who love to cook, it is their favorite part of the celebration. The lucky person who finds the baby Jesus doll must make the tamales on February 2nd and gather with the family once again. You get a month’s notice so that you can prepare your supplies or even practice your tamale-making skills

There are many different ways to celebrate the Day of the Reyes Magos, depending on where you are in the world.

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