GASTRONOMY AND MEXICAN TRADITIONS
The traditional festivals of Mexico are the reflection of a culture made up of elements from the ancient Mayan civilization to contemporary American customs; they’re pre-Hispanic traditions that we still preserve.
Mexico is a country whose gastronomy is linked to its traditional festivals, where the color and energy captivate any foreigner, and there is a deep commitment in celebrating the rituals and customs.
Rosca de Reyes is a tradition that began in European countries such as France and Spain, and reached Mexico during the conquest.
The day the Kings met the child Jesus is called Epiphany, an encounter that the bread symbolizes. It’s important to note that Epiphany means "manifestation". The Catholic Church celebrates this event on January 6, and for centuries, it has been customary to split the Rosca then. The oval shape of the bread symbolizes the love of God, without a beginning or an end. Fruits such as dates symbolize the grace brought by Jesus Christ. Others believe they’re the jewels of the Kings that signify love, peace, and happiness.
A small figurine of baby Jesus is placed inside the bread and symbolizes when Joseph and Mary hid Jesus from Herod. In Mexican tradition, it’s believed to be auspicious to get this figurine, and that whoever gets the child of God automatically becomes his godparent. They should take him to bless the church, and celebrate the event with tamales and atole on 2 February, Candlemas Day.
In Mexico, at dawn on January 6, children receive gifts from the Kings. It’s their most anticipated day, as it’s only to play, enjoy, and be children!
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