Kings Bread

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Today we celebrated el dia de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day or the Feast of the Epiphany) with a Rosca de Reyes, a ring shaped bread with a small plastic doll baked inside which is supposed to represent the baby Jesus.

'The day (January 6th) commemorates the Three Wise Men who followed the star to Bethlehem, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They travel to Bethlehem, and along the way encounter King Herod, whom they tell of the birth of the new King. Herod orders them to find the baby and return to tell him where the Messiah can be found so that he may pay homage. But after being warned by God in a dream that they shouldn’t return to Herod because he plans to kill the baby, the Three Kings instead return to their own countries another way. The doll in the bread symbolizes the hiding of the infant from King Herod and according to tradition whoever finds the doll in their slice of bread must give a party on February 2nd, el Dia de la Candelaria.'

Sadly we didn’t find one in ours! There was one slice left that we saved for an uncle who wasn’t able to attend because he was working. We’re hoping it’s in his slice, but we have to wait now till tomorrow to find out...

Sexy George on the couch wasn’t into the Rosca

The downtown skyline when I left work

Last holiday post till December... promise! :)

Kings Bread Update:

Sad to report that we never found the baby doll. We're hoping it just didn't get put in there by the baker and that it wasn't accidently eaten by one of us. :) Also found some more information on the Kings Bread/Cake custom for all my blogger friends who have similar traditions:

'The King Cake tradition is believed to have begun with French settlers around 1870, who were themselves continuing a custom which dated back to Twelfth Century France, when a similar cake was used to celebrate the coming of the Magi twelve days after Christmas bearing gifts for the Christ Child. This celebration was also once known as King's Day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby (symbolic of the baby Jesus) is placed inside each King Cake but in times gone past, the hidden items were usually coins, beans, pecans or peas. Today, the cakes are baked in many shapes but originally, they were round to portray the circular route take by the Magi in order to confuse King Herod, whose army was attempting to follow the Wise Men so that the Christ Child could be killed. The origin of the modern King Cake can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when popular devotion during Christmas turned to the Three Wise Men.'

(More information can be found *Here*)

Isn't it great that it's travelled so far and so long? 'It gives one a feeling of solidarity, almost of continuity with the past…'


Francesca Righi said...

Hi Gabbi!
I really like the tradition you have for the Epiphany! I can't think of any typical food we eat on that day. We have the old lady called "La Befana" (a kind of Father Xmas II), she brings all the kids sweets and treats.
Goodness, George is looking like a king! ;) He's such a handsome cat!

Gabbi said...

~Thank you dear Francesca :) It's fascinating to learn about various customs, I love old traditions. In Mexico this is the day they also give gifts to children. They leave the gifts in their shoes I think? Isn't that cute? Thank you also for complimenting my George! xoxo

Anonymous said...

oh so that's why we celebrate Jan. 6th ...I had totally forgot about the three men..hehe shame on me. It totally makes sense now why the old lady brings the children gifts here in Italy. Sweden is to booring they don't do anything but stay home from work on that day!

Merylu said...

Hi Gabbi!
Thank you for the precious information about your Epiphany! !(I answered you in my blog too). It is very interesting learning about traditions different to ours, about the same festivity =)
This bread seems very good!
Have a great evening!

ambika said...

That dish looks delicious and I'm dying over the amount of fluff on that cat! So cute!

Gabbi said...

~I really like that old lady bringing gifts custom Mothersvea. I wonder how it began? We don't get to stay home on the 6th here. Shame really, I love staying home! :)

~Mary, I looked up pandoro and it looks delicious, reminds me of a snow covered mountain. Thank you for also sharing your customs, truly is interesting. Have a great rest of the week! So glad the weekend is almost here...

~Thank you dear Amibka :) The older he gets the more fur he has!

michiko said...

The bread looks delicious!
Do let me know if your uncle found the baby Jesus in his slice :)

Electro Geisha said...

i always learn something new when i come to your blog :) and thank you for that. this is a very nice custom you have :)

Sam said...

I love your traditional celebrations - they're all so lovely and the food always looks delicious!

Pardon me, but that George is a real looker - I had no idea he had such a handsome collared ruff! Swoon!

Gabbi said...

~There wasn't any doll dear Michiko! He didn't eat it till today and there wasn't anything in it. The bakery forgot to put it in there... but we're still doing something at my sister's house on the 2nd. It's just going to be a group effort... :)

~Thank you dear Geisha, always great to hear from you!

~Hi dear Sam :) I conveyed your message to George and now he looks even more conceited than before. It's funny but lately he looks furrier than ever before. Maybe because he's getting older? Thank you for saying the food looks good, after I put it up I worried that the bread would look strange to people?

Gaviota said...

tocaya que delicioso!
yo tambien celebre asi igualito..
rosca.. y chocolate abuelita haha...
nadamas que mi rosca tenia como 6 muñecotes...
a ver que tal quedan los tamales el dia de la candelaria haha...

tambien me encantó tu post de la agradable recordarla una vez mas antes de ir a dormir,
asi que me voy ahora!...
buenas noches

Solange said...

Nice to read (and see!) the bread you have as a tradition. It looks really good, yummy.
We also have a bread, in which we hide a little king, but it's disappearing with the newer generations I fear.

have a lovely weekend,

mushroommeadows said...

that's such a great tradition! i love the idea of finding the baby jesus in the bread! I hope your uncle found him! :)

Gabbi said...

~hola tocaya :) bien que conoces tus chocolates! que rico el chocolate abuelita verdad? la actriz que hacia los comerciales para el chocolate abuelita y durcal eran mis obsesiones cuando estaba chiquita. eso de hacer tamales solamente aguanto para navidad :) ya despues es mucha chinga! que tengas un fin de semana bonito tocaya, y gracias por tu comentario!

~thank you dear solange, i love how the bread tradition seems to be in so many cultures. my friend in switzerland tells me they have something similar there also. i'm going to go research it a little more now :) have a lovely trip! new york is such fun...

~we never found one dear mushroom meadows, guessing the baker didn't put one in there or someone swallowed it? we hope it's the first of course :) thank you for stopping by, your tree ent is extremely adorable!

Mary-Laure said...

It's funny because it Uruguay where my grandparents are from, we celebrate el dia de los Reyes but we don't have that Rosca - it looks delicious.
Where is your family originally from?
Where can I buy a Rosca?

I think it's the first time I see the picture of your George. He is gorgeous, really beautiful and actually regal...
I hope to see more of him in the future.

My Castle in Spain said...

i love your George ! such a sweet and very elegant creature...

Hope you enjoyed el rosco de Reyes, Gabbi !

Have a great week end

Gabbi said...

~Uruguay is a beautiful country dear Mary-Laure, it's one of those places I would love to visit. My parents are from Mexico, the state of Zacatecas. Roscas can be found in most Mexican bakeries or markets around the time of the Holidays (here in California). This year I was shocked to see them being sold at a local Walmart! We didn't buy ours there :) but it was surprising to me. But they only sell them around Jan. 6th. after that you'd probably have to special order one.

Thank you for complementing my George :) I have a feeling I'm as much in love with him as you are with your adorable Benji. Hope you're having a lovely weekend!xoxo

~Gracias Lala, I've relayed the message and he's flattered :) He didn't say it so many words but I could see it in his eyes. The Rosca was good, had little raisins inside. Thank you and hope you're having a great weekend too!


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