El Roscón – My Spanish Word Of The Day 1/6/2018

 

¡Buenos días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el roscón

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

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