King's Day or "Dia de Reyes" celebrates the arrival of the three Kings, or Magi, bearing gifts to the new Baby Jesus. Also known as the Epiphany, Dia del Reyes occurs on January 6th, 12 days after Christmas Day. The Epiphany is the traditional day that Mexican children receive their gifts.
One of the most beautiful (and tasty) features of Dia de Reyes is the Rosca de Reyes, a sweet bread baked in the shape of a wreath. Decorated with candied fruit on top, a Baby Jesus figurine is baked into the bread. Tradition has it that whomever gets the Baby Jesus in their piece of Rosca de Reyes, is expected to host a tamale party on Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas), celebrated on February 2nd.
You can have a delicious piece of Rosca de Reyes yourself. Lola's Market has fired up the bakery ovens and has a special on the two sizes available, medium and large. The large bread costs $22.98 and has six Baby Jesus figurines baked into it. The medium bread costs $16.98 and has three Baby Jesus figurines baked into it. If you want more or less figurines, speak with the bakery staff and they will custom make a Rosca de Reyes for you.
We visited Lola's yesterday and took a peek at these fragrant, beautiful loaves. They are here for a limited time only so take advantage of this rare opportunity to try this traditional holiday fare.
Lola’s Market is located at 241 North McDowell Blvd. Petaluma, CA 94954. Phone: (707) 762-2112
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