Mexico continues the festivities and traditions of the season, with the start of the new year is now turn of the Rosca de Reyes.
The celebration of “Dia de Reyes” and the Rosca de Reyes it’s a Mexican tradition
that takes place every year gathering friends, family or colleagues in the offices or homes.
As every year, children are waiting with great enthusiasm for toys and cut the traditional Rosca de Reyes with their parents.The Rosca de Reyes has its origins in Europe, particularly in Spain.
With religious origins, the Rosca de Reyes is a traditional Mexican bread in the form of a ring, representing the Wise Men’s search for the King of the Jews. It is believed that Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar, the Three Kings from the East, traveled to Jerusalem following a star. On meeting with King Herod, they asked him where the new King had been born. King Herod, frightened by these words, asked the wise men to search for the child and bring word once they had found him, so that he may also go and worship the new king. Because Herod was afraid that the child might threaten his throne, he ordered the killing of every single baby under the age of two years old. The day when the wise men found the Baby Jesus is known as Epiphany, which is precisely the event represented by the Rosca de Reyes.
Tradition dictates that people must meet, make a lunch or dinner to cut the thread, the person who is fortunate enough to find a doll that is hidden in the bread, will throw a party on February the 2nd, and will have to buy “tamales” (a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa – a starchy dough, usually corn-based – , which is steamed in a corn husk, they can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste) and “atole” (a traditional hot corn and masa based beverage of Mexican and Central American origin).
While this holiday cravings have been on the agenda , we absolutely enojoy to close
this season with a slice of Rosca de Reyes accompanied by our family/friends and a
cup of hot chocolate. This day has become a fundamental part of Mexican culture and cuisine.
In Maccaferri Mexico we usually take a little time in the morning to have breakfast together, make coffee or hot chocolate and to cut the threads together.
Currently the Rosca de Reyes has helped to establish bonds of coexistence among
employees while preserving a tradition of the country within the company.
So let’s enjoy this sweet tradition and hope that this is maintained for a long time!