How they celebrate the epiphany in Mexico
The holy celebration of the Epiphany is when the three wise men visited baby Jesus when he was born. The word 'Epiphany' comes from Greek and means to show, and it was named that because it symbolizes Jesus being revealed to the world.
In Mexico, the Epiphany is called Day of Holy Kings (Día de los Santos Reyes) and it is celebrated on January 6th. In fact, my grandmother was born on the Día de los Santos Reyes so she was named Reyes Morell by her parents.
Traditionally in Mexico, kids look forward to this date because they exchange gifts on the día de los Santos Reyes instead of on Christmas Day.
Children leave their shoes right outside their doors so the Three Kings will leave their gifts inside, the bigger presents are placed around them.
It is also customary to eat Rosca de Reyes. This is a wreath-shaped fruity bread where they bake a tiny figure of baby Jesus inside and whoever finds it symbolically “becomes” Jesus’ godparent.
The reason they hide the baby into the cakes is because it symbolizes the hiding of the infant Jesus from King Herod’s troops
In Mexico, the traditional meal for dinner on the Day of the Holy Kings is corn tamales accompanied by hot chocolate.
Many families leave a box of grass or it can also be hay and water for The Three King’s camels to eat. It is like the tradition of leaving out cookies and milk for Santa Claus.
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