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A Mexican Tradition – The Three Kings Festivities

In Mexico, the holiday season continues into January, concluding on January 6th with festivities to celebrate the Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) who feature in the Biblical nativity story about the birth of the baby Jesus. It is not unusual in Mexico for Christmas decorations to remain until well into January, as residents feel reluctant for the holiday season to be over. If you are with us at Villa del Palmar Cancun during the first week of January, you can also enjoy this Mexican tradition firsthand, sharing in the Rosca de Reyes celebration.

Rosca de Reyes

The Rosca de Reyes is a large sweet bread shaped like a crown (hence Rosca de Reyes, which means something along the lines of “garland of the kings”) decorated in colorful caramelized fruit. Baked inside the bread are small china figures depicting the baby Jesus. Depending on the size of the rosca, you might find one or more figures. The idea is that you have a party to celebrate the Three Kings Day where you friends and family will each cut a slice of the crown. The tradition goes that if you find the baby Jesus, you will throw a party for all those present on February 2nd to celebrate Candlemas, when it is customary to eat tamales and drink a hot beverage known as atole.


At Villa del Palmar Cancun, we invite members and guests staying with us to join in the tradition at Caprichos Restaurant at 11pm on January 6th. Don’t worry; you won’t be expected to throw a party for all present if you find the baby Jesus, but you might want to think about joining us in February for tamales!

In Mexico, the year is packed non-stop with festivals and saints days, meaning there is always an excuse to visit your home away from home in Cancun. Take a look at the Forecast for 2017 and start planning your vacations.