Friday, January 6, 2012

Feliz dia de Los Reyes Magos!

Designed by Todd Weber for Nambé

January 6th is a day when a group of Kings arrived to worship and give their gifts to the baby Jesus after following a star in the heavens. It is a day celebrated by cultures around the world in various ways according to the countries traditions.  In Spanish tradition three of the Kings:  Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar (representing Europe, Arabia and Africa) arrived on horse, camel and elephant, bringing respectively gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus.  Most towns in Spain hold huge, colorful and spectacular parades on January 5th heralding the arrival of the Three Kings  (Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos) so that children can see them in all their glitzy glory on camels or carriages before they go to bed.  Sweet wine, fruit and treats are left for the Kings and their camels.  Shoes will be shined and left at the doorway to be filled with presents (or if you have not been good - with coal).
The Roscón de Reyes along with hot chocolate is the traditional breakfast for Dia de los Reyes Magos.  A small figure one of the kings or baby Jesus is hidden in the bread along with a dry faba bean; whomever finds the figurine will be the "king/queen" for the day and whomever finds the faba bean pays for next years Rosca. is wishing you a very Feliz Dia de los Reyes Magos and may you get tons of presents (since you have been good, right?)

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