Although the tradition of receiving the child God on the night of December 24 has gained strength in recent decades, Mexico vindicates the old traditions and the “Día de Reyes” continues to be one of the most anticipated appointments in the different Christmas festivities.
The tradition of “Día de Reyes” is one of the oldest in Mexico since the time of Spanish colonization and even today many families continue to celebrate this special day where children are, without a doubt, the main protagonists. And that even though in recent years the character of Santa Claus has acquired great relevance.
Every January 6 we celebrate in Mexico the so-called Three Kings Day where the little ones wake up very early and run to open the gifts that Their Majesties the Magi from the East have left at the foot of the Christmas tree or near the representation of the Nativity scene. A holiday of games and family gatherings where everything is special and where children continue to believe in the magic of a Christmas that with this day says goodbye until next year.
On the 5th, The Three Wise Men leave the gifts while the children sleep so that on the 6th a very special day is celebrated as a family and where the traditional Rosca de Reyes is distributed. A circular-shaped bread with a hole in the middle, made from sweet dough, adorned with dried fruits and which hides a particular surprise: the figure of a child. The lucky person who gets this figure will have to pay or invite the tamales on Candlemas Day.
Currently, tradition requires hiding a child God as the main figure, generally made of plastic. And whoever finds it must invite those present on February 2, the “Día de la Candelaria”, delicious and rich tamales. This day the Virgin Mary, mother of God, is commemorated. In his manger, in Bethlehem, he received more than 2,000 years ago the 3 Wise Men who with their camels came to entertain Jesus, with incense, gold and myrrh and hence the celebration of “Día de Reyes” in Mexico every January 6.