Happy Epiphany!

Rosca de Reyes, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

Epiphany or Dia de los Tres Reyes (the 12th day of Christmas, when the Wise Men showed up) is a big deal in Mexico.
The special sweet bread these little boys are selling is called a Rosca de Reyes. There’s a lot of tradition associated with the roscas, and here’s a recipe.
It’s also when Mexican children traditionally receive their “Christmas” presents. In my old n’hood of Colonia San Rafael, they’ve shut down the main avenue & it’s now a tarp city selling all manner of gifts for children.
Here are a few photos of what’s going on.

3 Responses to “Happy Epiphany!”

  1. Brad says:

    Hey Sara, thanks for the info and pictures! In Greece this day is a religious festival but, until the 1970s, New Year’s Day (St. Basil’s Day) was when the kids got presents – from St. Basil, not St. Nicholas. And they bake a similar bread, “St. Basil’s Cake,” with a special coin inside. Whoever gets the piece with the coin will have good fortune all year. Then American/Northern European Christmas customs began to appear in Greece. Now the kids get presents from two saints on two different days! May this new year bring you and yours LOTS of good fortune, and a few presents too!

  2. Sara says:

    Hi Brad- Feliz Ano Nuevo to you as well. What a year this has been!
    Here’s a better article on Epiphany in Mexico: http://gomexico.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/p/kings_day.htm
    It’s great hearing about Greek customs as well. Interesting how cultural traditions are morphing around the world. It is very odd to see Mexicans decorating Christmas trees (usually pine limbs brought in from the mountains)- tannenbaums.
    Our next big religious holiday is Candlemas (Feb 2), and who
    ever finds the baby Jesus in the Rosco de Reyes has to host a tamale party then. It’s also when people bring plants & flowers in from the country & everyone updates their gardens- a huge flower fair.

  3. Javantea says:

    That bread looks delicious. I haven’t seen anything like it before. I hope your new year is treating you well.