My Spanish word of the day is:
ring-shaped cake eaten on January 6
On January 6th, many people in Spain and Latin America celebrate Three Kings Day or Epiphany with a Roscón de Reyes (Three Kings Cake). This holiday is the 12th day of Christmas and celebrates the arrival of the 3 wise men in Bethlehem bearing gifts for the baby Jesus. Children look forward to this special day because gifts are exchanged. Afterwards, families enjoy a breakfast of Roscón de Reyes. This delicious cake has a round shape symbolizing a king’s crown. It is topped with fruit to represent the precious gems that adorned the clothing of the wise men. A small plastic king as well as a plastic faba bean are hidden within the cake. Whoever gets the slice of cake with the small king will receive a year’s worth of good luck. But, the person that gets the slice with the faba bean has to pay for the roscón!
The Devour Madrid blog has a short article in English about this Christmas holiday celebration.
¡Hasta la próxima!
Image Credit: Flickr – Roscón de Reyes by atuperlu