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WHAT IS THE ROSCA DE REYES?

WHAT IS THE ROSCA DE REYES?

MEXICAN & WORLDWIDE TRADITIONS

• The Rosca de Reyes tradition started in medieval Europe where small cakes were made with a bean hidden inside. The person who found it would be crowned "King" for the holiday!

• Some of the most traditional recipes call for "biznaga", candy made from the fishhook barrel cactus, to decorate the roscas – but what was once a beloved candy with indigenous origins, is now going extinct! Which is why our "nopalitos" are made with different kinds of acitrón!

• Many countries & cultures have their own version of a Rosca de Reyes! From the New Orlean's "King's Cake" to France's "Gallette des Rois", 

• In the 14th century, a slice of bread was first given to a poor person or stranger, then the next slices were intended for those serving in the King’s army, and the rest of the bread was distributed among the other guests. (1)

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ROSCA SYMBOLISM

• Once Catholicism adopted the holiday, the hidden bean became a small porcelain figurine of baby Jesus, symbolizing Mary and Joseph hiding away their baby from King Herodes’ persecution. 

• The shape of the rosca represents both the shape of a crown and as a symbol of eternal and never-ending love.

• The colorful quince, nopales, cherries, and other decorations represent the jewels of the crown, with the color green representing faith and gold representing power. 

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• What happens when you get the little plastic baby in your slice? Congratulations! You are now the honorary compadre/comadre (godparent) of the baby Jesus. Not only are you tasked with caring for the baby until February 2nd (Candlemas) 

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1) https://learnex.com.mx/home/principal/the-origin-of-la-rosca/

2) https://blog.library.si.edu/blog/2013/01/04/twelfth-night-traditions-a-cake-a-bean-and-a-king/#.X-pdvi1h3zB

 

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