The Significance January Sixth in Mexico

3 Kings Day

Christmas and New Years are over but the holiday spirit remains in Los Cabos and all of Mexico where the important Three Kings Day or El Día de Los Tres Magos happens on January 6.

According to the story, the 3 Wise Men (termed in that time “magicians”, though they were in fact astronomers) saw from the Far East the birth of a star over the city of Bethlehem, and they found the meaning powering the star:  a savior had been born.  They traveled to Bethlehem, and along the way they found the King Herod, whom they told of the birth of the new King.  Herod ordered them to find the infant and return to offer the information of the place exactly where the little Messiah had been born.

  The 3 wise men located the little one in a manger, adored by shepherds, and they offered him 3 presents:  gold, which represented the religious wealth of the child; frankincense, which signifies the soil and the sky; and Myrrh, the oil which was applied for medicinal as well as religious purposes. Upon their return, an angel warned them that they must not tell King Herod about the birth of Jesus simply because his plan was to kill the baby.  So the three wise men came back by way of a different route to their homeland.

These days, on January 5th, kids put together a box as if for the baby Christ to lie in. A lot of of them line it with hay. The children then put the containers under their beds. On January 6th, in the morning they wake up to find 3 presents in the box for them, or occasionally at the foot of the bed symbolic of the three presents that were given to the baby Jesus by the Magi.  

During the era of the kings of France, bread was filled with a lima bean, and the man or woman who discovered it in his bread would receive the reward that His Highness had ready for the event.  The strategy was to stick a lima bean in the bread dough, which was commonly filled with many fruits like dates and raisins, and this bread was shared around the time of the New Year festivities.

The tradition transformed a bit when it arrived to the Americas, transforming by itself according to the customs and resources of Mexico, where it eventually became the rosca. Here the rosca is adorned with pieces of orange and lime, and is stuffed with nuts, figs, and cherries. Hot dark chocolate accompanies the rosca.

 So every year, on January 6, families all throughout Mexico collect around their dining tables to share the rosca de reyes..  And now, as a substitute of discovering a lima bean in the bread, a tiny plastic doll representing Christ is positioned in the bread.  The man or woman who receives a piece of bread with this doll within must make the tamales used in the fiesta de la Candelaria on Feb 2.  This special event is the last of the Christmas festivities, 40 days after Jesus’ birth.

During this time of year in Los Cabos, you will see the rosca de reyes in all the bakeries of the city.  On January 6 take some time from your sunbathing and shopping for a permanent place in paradise with Los Cabos Real Estate and enjoy a slice of rosca and a cup of hot chocolate.  Who knows you might be hosting the tamale celebration on Feb 2nd.





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