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El Día De Los Reyes

Mexican President Felipe Calderón cuts the Rosca de Reyes in 2011. Photo by Gobierno Federal.

Today marks the celebration of the Christian holiday “El Día de los Reyes” (Epiphany Day or The Day of the Kings) in several Latin American countries. This day commemorates the revelation of the Son of God in the human incarnation of Baby Jesus and the Three Kings’ visit to Bethlehem, where they arrived to worship Jesus and to give him gifts.

Children often leave presents out for the Wise Men the night before and receive gifts in return the following morning. Many families also enjoy a special cake called Rosca de Reyes which contains a tiny Baby Jesus doll for a lucky family member to find.