Dia de Los Reyes


Bianca Vargas

El Dia de Los Reyes also known as Three Kings Day or Epiphany. In Mexico it is celebrated on January the 6th to honor the day Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Wise Men ) gave gifts to Jesus Christ, and the day closes the Christmas festivities. During Día de Los Reyes, Hispanics serve Rosca de Reyes, or King’s Cake. The Rosca de Reyes has an oval shape to symbolize a crown with small plastic baby dolls inside, which represents baby Jesus. The doll is hidden inside the bread to symbolize the hiding of  Jesus from King Herod’s troops. A traditional roscas is decked out with dried and candied fruits to represent the many jewels that a crown would have. Whoever gets the baby dolls come together to host a party on Día de la Candelaria on February 2nd.

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean receiving and gift giving is over. Before going to bed on January the 5th, the children place their shoes with a wishlist on top for the Three Kings. On the morning of the 6th, the shoes are filled with toys and gifts from the kings! Anyone can partake in this fun celebration of cutting into the rosca de Reyes; you don’t need to be of the Christian faith to partake in the festivities.