Just when you thought the Holidays were winding down and you could get yourself away from the table.
Well if you live in Mexico you couldn’t be more wrong! And if you live here in Merida you would be even more wrong!
Not only do we have the New Year, and New Years eve coming up, we are also gearing up for Merida’s 470th birthday (6 January)! Which is also within the ‘festival de la ciudad‘ festivities.
Also on 6 January is Dia de los Reyes Magos, or 3 Kings Day. This is also known as Epiphany and signifies the conclusion of the 12 days of Christmas. (but not the end of the party’ing).
This is the more traditional day of gift giving .
On the evening of the 5th of January families gather in the early evening to share the Rosca tradition; rosca y chocolate. Rosca de Reyes is a sweet egg bread shaped in a ring or crown sometimes studded with dried fruits. Inside the Rosca is baked a small baby doll figure (representing the baby Jesus), the lucky recipient of the doll gets to host the Candelaria party on 2 February.
Candelaria signifies the day Jesus was presented at the Jewish Temple 40 days after his birth.
Tamales are the traditional food served for the Candelaria party. And this will officially signify the end of the Holiday Season. phew!
Well, don’t forget 2 February is Groundhog Day!