The Day of the Kings

by / Friday, 07 November 2014 / Published in Blog

In Mexico, as in all of Latin America, holidays differ from our North American neighbors. Mexican children do not receive Christmas presents, but they wait until January 6th, “el día de Reyes,” the Day of the Kings (or the Day of the Wise Men). The Magi who brought presents to the Baby Jesus, so on the day that they are honored, they bring toys to boys and girls who have been good. It’s simple: Children place their shoes by the window, and the Magi place presents in the shoes. If a present is bigger than the shoe, it’s placed next to it. (Many children get a new pair of shoes for presents.)


El dia de Reyes is celebrated with a Merienda, an evening meal that takes place anytime between 5 and 7—not a heavy meal, more like “High Tea”. Hot chocolate and a holiday bread called “The Rosca de Reyes” is served to the family. The Rosca de Reyes is a big oval wreath made of egg bread (like an egg bagel, but huge) with dry fruit decorations and sprinkled sugar on top. Inside, there is a little ceramic doll which represents the Baby Jesus. The person who gets the piece of bread with the Baby, must be the Godparent of the Baby Jesus in the celebration of the Candelaria, on February 2nd.


El dia de la Candelaria” is the day of the Candle or Light, known as the Day of Purification. That day, the Nativity scene is put away with a party given by the person who got the Baby Jesus in his/her piece of bread during the Rosca de Reyes celebration. He or she will be responsible for making a “Ropon” or christening gown for Baby Jesus. Generally, they have a Dinner with Tamales (Tamales are corn bread filled with meats in a sauce or raisins wrapped in corn husks).


Lately, these traditions have been modified. For example, the Posadas are now nine parties that are celebrated in differentes friends homes before Christmas. Also, with the North American Free Treaty Agreement, known as NAFTA, Christmas is now celebrated the American style, with Santa Claus, the meals and presentes, mostly among the afluent people. Others take trips to sky resorts in the United States or Europe, or travel to turistic places within Mexico.


All the education institutions are on vacation during the holidays, they do not get back to school until after January 6th. Also, the government offices and the other institutions connected with the government close during those two weeks.


Hotel Posada de Roger is located on Basilio Badillo in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. We wish you and your loved ones happy holidays! We invite you to check out our nativity, located in our lobby through the month of December, until El dia de Reyes .


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