Día de los Reyes in Antigua Guatemala

The Magi Day or Día de los Reyes in Antigua Guatemala BY RUDY GIRON

For Día de Reyes or Epiphany we break a piece of bread known as Rosca de Día de los Reyes. Whoever gets the plastic baby placed inside has to pay for the tamales and ponche on Día de la Candelaria, February 2nd, or Groundhog Day. Click through the link to see the Rosca de Día de los Reyes.

Unlike other Spanish-speaking countries, Guatemala does not make a big deal of the arrival of the Tres Reyes Magos (Three Wise Kings) known as Epiphany in English; a Christian holiday celebrated on January 6th. Except, of course, for breaking up and eating the Rosca de Reyes, processions, burning of firecrackers and firebombs, as well as ringing bells of the temples right at noon, which seems to be Guatemalans’ favorite way of announcing or marking a holiday or event.

Also, for many people, Dí­a de los Reyes marks the end of the Christmas season, although around Antigua Guatemala, many people keep their Nacimientos and Christmas decorations until February 2, Dí­a de la Candelaria (Candlemas), which incidentally is Groundhog Day in the United States. The day after February 2nd the Christmas lights around Antigua’s Main Plaza will be picked up and put away.

Guatemalan Rosca de Reyes BY RUDY GIRON

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