Three Kings' Day Traditions with Rosca de Reyes, Tamales and More!


Three Kings Day, also known as the Epiphany, falls on January 6th and is considered the last day of Christmas. Western Christians celebrate the three kings visiting the baby Jesus and bringing him gifts, and there’s a “Little Christmas” associated with it as well.

In Western Christianity, Christmas celebrations often start on December 25th and continue on for 12 days of Christmas ending on January 6th, Three Kings Day or the Epiphany. In Orthodox churches and Eastern Christianity, they are celebrating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River and Jesus’ birth today.

This day is often celebrated with a feast, and in Latin America there will be several loaves of rosca de reyes or “kings’ ring” cake consumed, as well as other pastilles, tamales and more for this el Día de los Reyes Magos.

Mexican bakeries will be stocked with these sweet treats, but you can also make your own, and don’t forget the tamales for tonight’s dinner! These green chile chicken tamales are some of my favorites.

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