Remember me mentioning the holiday Day of the kings? Well, last night Jose Luis and his wife Juanita took us to one of their favorite restaurants for dinner. So before I tell you too much more read the following about the holiday.
Día de Reyes:
January 6th is Three Kings Day in Mexico, known as the Día de Reyes. This is Epiphany on the church calendar, the 12th day after Christmas, when the Magi arrived bearing gifts for baby Jesus. In Mexico children receive gifts on this day, brought by the three kings, los Reyes Magos, Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar. Some children receive gifts from both Santa Claus and the Kings, but Santa is seen as an imported custom, and the traditional day for Mexican children to receive gifts is January 6.
On Kings Day it is customary to eat Rosca de Reyes, a sweet bread shaped like a wreath, with candied fruit on top, and a figurine of a baby Jesus baked inside. The person who finds the figurine is expected to host a party on Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas), celebrated on February 2nd, when tamales are served.
So back to last night. The table next to us was celebrating a birthday. They shared some of their sweet bread with us and out popped a baby Jesus in my piece. He fell right into my delicious posole. We were all laughing about having to host a party and make tamales. The owner of the restaurant sent out a few more pieces of sweet bread and out came another baby Jesus from Garry’s piece. Ok, now this as a bit too much for all of us! Two? Really? There was much more laughter and I am worrying about tamales already. Fortunately I googled the holiday and we don’t have to do it until Feb 2nd. By then we will probably be elsewhere. I might have to have tamales that day though to avoid any bad luck or anything!