Roscon de Reyes – the Three Kings celebration cake

 

Tres Reyes Magos has always been the top dog in Spanish Christmas celebrations, and the Roscon de Reyes holds a traditional surprise.       

For years I thought it was just because the Spanish like a good party that they dragged their Christmas celebrations out until the night of the 5th January, when they had another round of parades and present giving for Tres Reyes, the coming of the Three Kings. It’s only recently that it clicked that, actually, they got it right. While the rest of us are waiting for Santa to deliver his celebratory gifts for Jesus’ birthday, the little chap in the stable didn’t actually get any until twelve days later, when Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar finally showed up with their gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Read the full story at the Smithsonian Magazine

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