Saturday, January 7, 2017

Rosca de Reyes - Three Kings Day Celebrations Around The World

The festivities, in some countries, do not end with the end of the year. The Epiphany celebrated on January 6, is a day of worship in European countries like Spain and various parts of Latin America, where traditions are practiced to commemorate this day.

Rosca de Reyes King Cake

Venezuela: The celebration of Three Kings Day is more religious and traditional. In many parts of the country, representations recreate the manger with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Naturally, life is also given to the characters that support this celebration, that is, the Kings.

To commemorate this celebration in Venezuela it is traditional to celebrate a dinner with family and loved ones. A large number of dishes are prepared and especially the Rosca de Reyes. This, in this case, is a sweet bread filled with candied fruit covered with sugar and often accompanied with wine.

At night, children leave their shoes at the door so that the kings left in them their presents and money, as they have the belief that kings are rich and generous characters.

Argentina: Tradition in this country is quite similar to the Spanish. On the night of January 5, children leave their shoes by the crib and place grass and water for the camels, to find their gifts the next morning. There is a great tradition of leaving toys and various gifts in poor or marginal neighborhoods as well as in hospitals. So that in this way, all children can enjoy the day.

Mexico: The custom in Mexico is also similar to the previous ones and is entrenched. In the city of Tizimín, we find the second largest celebration held in honor of the three kings during the Christmas season. It is regularly visited by large numbers of public from many places. Meanwhile, in this country children also often write a letter to tell that they would like to receive gifts. The difference is that instead of sending them, they put them together with the shoes next to the crib or under the Christmas tree and wait for the next morning to find their desired gifts from kings.

If you are in Mexico, you can be part of a sweet and delicious Mexican tradition of eating the Rosca de Reyes. On this day, in offices, schools, and homes it is customary for Mexicans to eat the Rosca de Reyes, accompanied by a good cup of chocolate. It is customary to share the traditional Three Kings Cake in the family.

Each person cuts his piece of Rosca de Reyes, which has several "little dolls" (child figurines) inside. The one who gets one of the dolls should invite everyone to dinner on Candlemas Day (February 2). Traditionally, the dinner is with tamales and atole.

The Rosca de Reyes is prepared with a bread dough, and inside is put raisins and chopped dried fruit, such as figs, lemon, orange, and so on. Mexican children wake up excited to see the gifts they asked appear under the Christmas tree. Rosca de Reyes is one of the many traditions that enrich the culture of Mexico, although this bread has its origins in Europe, specifically in Spain.

Puerto Rico: Tradition in this country has children picking grass during the day on January 5. The grass is deposited in a box and placed with their shoes next to their bed or the tree. In some regions milk for kings is also placed. The next morning, they find that the camels have eaten their grass, the milk by the kings and find their gifts. It is also celebrated as usual a meal with the family to celebrate the feast of kings.

Peru: The feast of the Kings is celebrated in Peru somewhat differently. At the end of Christmas, it is celebrated among friends or family members. This celebration is called Bajada de Reyes. However, in this country, the tradition of leaving gifts for children has vanished.

France: The celebration in this country is religious and consists of sharing, usually family, galette, which is nothing more than a sweet that has small figurines inside. It can be filled with a cream of ground almonds, sugar, some butter and egg yolk. Unlike the others, this dessert does not have a hole in the middle. Before serving it is adorned with a crown. It is customary for the smallest of the house to decide the distribution of lots of sweet. The person who finds the bean in the cake will wear it during the evening.

Spain: There is a custom of finding a bean or coin inside the roscón to designate the King of the Festival. With the arrival of the Spaniards in their colonies in America, this tradition spread beyond Europe. In Spain, a kind of round crown without a center is made (like a giant donut). It is adorned with slices of crystallized fruit (candied) and sometimes filled with whipped cream, cream, mocha truffle or chocolate. According to the region, small religious figures, beans or gifts are hidden. Sometimes large stores advertise in any of their cupcakes there is a large gift like gold or diamonds. Who takes the prize must pay the roulade.

Portugal: There is a similar bread called "Bolo Rei", which usually takes raisins, nuts and, like the Spanish roscón, candied fruit as decoration. According to tradition, its golden crust is gold, its aroma represents the scent of the myrrh fruit.

Philippines: The tradition of the Magi in the Philippines is practically lost, however it is still carried out in some small towns. As usual, family members share a good meal. Later, like millions of children around the world, Filipino children receive their gifts from kings.

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