DIA DE REYES
During Día de Los Reyes, on January 6th and prior, Mexicans serve Rosca de Reyes (King’s Cake.)
Rosca de Reyes is an oval shaped Mexican bread that symbolizes a crown and has small dolls inside, representing baby Jesus. The doll figures symbolize the hiding of the infant Jesus from King Herod’s troops.
Traditionally, roscas are adorned with dried and candied fruits and nuts to symbolize the many jewels that a crown would have. The person who gets a slice with a doll should host a party on Día de la Candelaria, another Mexican holiday celebrated on February 2nd.
This Mexican celebration takes place in social gatherings with family, friends or colleagues in homes, offices, schools, etc.
DIA DE LA CANDELARIA
February 2nd is Groundhog Day, but in Mexico, there is a completely different celebration on this date.
This is the religious holiday known as Día de la Candelaria (or Candlemas in English). Throughout Mexico, on this day of the year, people dress up figures of the Christ Child in special outfits and take them to the church to be blessed. They also get together with family and friends to eat TAMALES as a continuation to the festivities of Three Kings' Day on January 6.
The person (or people) who received the figurines on Three Kings Day are supposed to host the party on Candlemas Day. Tamales are the food of choice. This is a social celebration with friends and family.
DIA DE MUERTOS
The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. Mexicans view it not as a day of sadness but as a day of celebration because their loved ones' souls return to celebrate with them.
On November 1st and 2nd, family and friends gather to remember friends and family members who have died. Pan de Muerto It is a sweetened soft bread shaped like a bun, decorated with bone-shaped phalange pieces. Pan de muerto is eaten on Día de Muertos.