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Rosca de Reyes, a Tasty Tradition

By Sandra Ríos

Getting together with family and friends on January 6 to share the Rosca de Reyes (bread for three Kings Day) is a custom that goes back to the Middle Ages. It arrived in this country during the early years of the Virreinato (viceroy). For Christians, the circular shape of the bread symbolizes the eternal love of God, which has no beginning or end. The sweet dried fruit represents the world’s distractions that impede people from finding Jesus, and the little doll hidden in the bread symbolizes the baby Jesus. Whoever finds the doll becomes the godfather and has to provide new clothes for the statue of Baby Jesus and take it to church on February 2 for the celebration of Candlemas. The godfather then has to buy atole and tamales for his friends.

The rosca is usually made with white flour and yeast, sweetened with honey and festively decorated with nuts, dates, and figs. In San Miguel you can find different varieties and sizes of Rosca in department stores and at local bakeries, such as these:

La Espiga, Insurgentes 119, 152 1580
La Colmena, Reloj 21, 152 1422
Cumpanio, Correo 29, 152 2327
La Mesa Grande, Zacateros 49, 154 0838

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