At Playa Palms Beach Hotel we are still in a festive mood because in Mexico Christmas season isn’t quite over yet. Like in many catholic countries, January 6 is a special day here. It’s “Día de los Reyes Magos” – known in English as Three Kings Day or Epiphany.
Traditionally Mexican children receive their gifts from the “Reyes Magos” rather than Santa, representing the Three Wise Men who gave gifts to Jesus. Naturally, as well as Santa, they work as leverage for good behavior. No toys for bad kids. Strolling down the 5th avenue in Playa del Carmen you will probably even bump into the “Reyes Magos” – don’t miss the chance to take a photo with them!
But also adults, well behaved or not, enjoy the “Día de los Reyes Magos” and its traditions. On this day Mexicans serve the “Rosca de Reyes”, which roughly translates into King’s Cake. It’s a sweet, oval shaped cake made from yeast dough and adorned with dried and candied fruits. Hidden in the cake is at least one figurine, symbolizing baby Jesus or the Three Wise Men. Whoever finds it in his piece has to buy tamales for everybody on February 2nd, the “Día de la Candelaria”, or host a little party. Tamales are a traditional Mexican corn-based delicacy.
If you’re on vacation in Playa del Carmen around this day, don’t miss the opportunity to try the Rosca de Reyes! Eat company of your friends and family or come and share a piece with us. Traditionally you would accompany the Rosca with delicious hot chocolate. You find them in every supermarket or bakery, or just ask at the reception of the Playa Palms Beach Hotel where you can buy one. If you happen find the baby Jesus figurine, take it home as a souvenir and come back in February to share tamales with us in Playa Palms!