Rosca de Reyes (Kings’ Ring)

Image  A delicious and airy bread that is slightly sweet and topped with dried fruit, crumb topping and sugar. There are a couple plastic baby Jesus dolls hidden inside and tradition says that whoever finds it has to prepare the next holiday fiesta.

The bread is associated with the festival of Epiphany (January 6th) in the Christmas season. Catholic tradition states that the journey of the three kings to Bethlehem took twelve days (the Twelve Days of Christmas), and that they arrived to honor the Christ Child on Epiphany. The equation is 12 days after the birth of Christ. This is also the traditional day for children to receive their holiday gifts in some countries. Today many children receive gifts on Christmas and on Three Kings Days. This is one time when the merger of holiday celebrations is a bonus for the children of Mexico.

Beware, enjoying a slice of Rosca de Reyes carries with it a potential responsibility.  Whomever finds a baby Jesus in the Rosca de Reyes must take it to the nearest church on February 2 (Día de la Candelaria). The finder of the Niño Dios (baby doll) has the responsibility to take the family as well to church and celebrate the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.  According to the Jewish tradition, an infant is presented to God in the temple 40 days after his birth. Día de la Candelaria on February 2 means the Light of Christ presented to God.  Nowadays, the people who get the figurines in their piece of the cake usually agree to make a party on February 2, and to provide the guests with tamales and atole. Once again, the combination of different religious practices creates another celebration.

Happy Delicious Holidays!

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3 thoughts on “Rosca de Reyes (Kings’ Ring)”

  1. Reblogged this on Ace Food & Health News and commented:
    #AceFoodNews says found this and just had to post to my readers this recipe as we reach towards “Epiphany” called “Rosca De Reyes {kings Ring} but l am told it carries a beware – this is ” Beware, enjoying a slice of Rosca de Reyes carries with it a potential responsibility. Whomever finds a baby Jesus in the Rosca de Reyes must take it to the nearest church on February 2 (Día de la Candelaria). The finder of the Niño Dios (baby doll) has the responsibility to take the family as well to church and celebrate the presentation of Jesus in the Temple. According to the Jewish tradition, an infant is presented to God in the temple 40 days after his birth. Día de la Candelaria on February 2 means the Light of Christ presented to God. Nowadays, the people who get the figurines in their piece of the cake usually agree to make a party on February 2, and to provide the guests with tamales and atole. Once again, the combination of different religious practices creates another celebration. #chefs-tips

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