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Celebrate Three Kings’ Day with a Rosca de Reyes

Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 12:19 AM CST
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LEXINGTON, Neb. (KNOP) - It’s a day many Christians recognize: Three Kings’ Day. Many Nebraskans celebrate it with a unique Mexican tradition that has a lot of people going to bakeries searching for this special pastry every year.

Rosca de Reyes is a traditional bread enjoyed by Christians to commemorate El Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos or Three Kings’ Day. It honors the day the Three Kings visited the newborn Jesus, and officially ends the holiday season in Mexico and in Latin America.

Family and friends gather to celebrate and feasting on ‘Rosca’ is the highlight. The signature soft bread, which is shaped like a ring, is not only sweet , but it represents the king’s crown and God’s eternal love.

Amy’s Bakery in Lexington prepares and bakes hundreds of breads leading up to the religious holiday. Bakery owner and baker Ricardo Ortiz said he and his colleague have baked more than 300 Rosca’s since Monday.

But perhaps the best part is the porcelain baby Jesus figurine that’s baked in the center for someone to find. Tradition has it, whoever finds it, has to host a party with tamales included on Candlemas Day on February 2nd. Regardless, whoever finds the toy, is said to have good luck and good fortune throughout the year.

Ortiz said he plans to continue the tradition for as long as God permits him.

The Rosca is best paired with Abuelita brand hot chocolate.

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