Happy Dia de Reyes!

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On January 6th, the Kings Day in Mexico, known as the Día de Reyes, will be celebrated in La Paz by families holding onto the traditions of years past.

On Kings Day, which has a religious background, children in Mexico receive gifts brought to them by the Three Kings, los Reyes Magos, Melcher, Gaspar and Balthazar.  However, most kids in La Paz receive gifts from both Santa Claus and the Kings.  The Santa Claus tradition has been imported from the United States while Kings Day has been passed down from generation to generation in Mexico.

On Kings Day it is tradition for places of work, government offices and family and friends to get together to eat rosca de reyes, a sweet bread shaped like a wreath, with candied fruit on top, and plastic figurines that are to represent baby Jesus, baked inside. People who find the figurine in their piece of rosca must throw a party on February 2, Candelaria Day, offering tamales and atole, (a hot drink thickened with corn flour) hot chocolate or coffee to their guests.  Canderlaria Day is another traditional holiday for everyone to get together to celebrate at home or in places of work.

Isn’t it amazing in Mexico how holidays just stretch out for weeks at a time? December has the posadas starting on the 16th that then lead up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Just after the huge celebrations for New Years, we have Kings Day that doesn’t conclude until February 2, Cadeleria Day!

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