On Sunday, the Spanish celebrated El Dia de los Reyes Magos, or the Day of the Three Kings. For those of you who may not be familiar with this holiday, it is a day that celebrates the three wise men who visited the baby Jesus on January 6th, bringing gifts to honor his birth. In Spain, the three kings, not Santa Claus, bring children presents and these gifts are opened on January 6th not on December 25th. On this day, there are also parades in every neighborhood to greet the three kings.
My favorite part of the Three Kings festivities, however, is the special cake that is eaten on this day, called roscon de reyes. It is actually not so much a cake as it is a sweet and eggy bread formed into a circular shape like a doughnut. The bread is normally filled with cream, chocolate, or some other sugary filling and the top is decorated with crystallized fruit. It is a very tasty treat but that's not why I like it. I like it because hidden in the filling is both a bean and a tiny figurine of a king. When the cake is sliced and served, whoever receives the slice with the bean hidden in it has to pay for the cake and whoever receives the slice with the figurine gets to be king for the day. The cakes even come with a paper crown! This year I got the slice with the bean but I'm looking forward to next year when I will have my sweet revenge.
Feliz año nuevo a todos!