If you live in the Rio Grande Valley, then there’s a good chance you spent January 6th eating delicious Rosca de Reyes at home, Abuela’s house, or even at work. It’s a wonderful tradition that brings everyone together to enjoy cake and find out who will get the plastic baby hidden in the Rosca. But do you know what happens if you get the baby? Or what the tradition means? Delia’s has all the answers you need!
Understanding the Tradition
The Mexican Rosca de Reyes tradition is perhaps the one you’re most familiar with, as opposed to the somewhat different traditions from other Hispanic countries. According to The Washington Post, the Rosca is part of the Epiphany celebration, the 12th day after Christmas. This day marks the occasion when the three wise men (Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar) arrived to visit newborn Jesus.
Some sources state the tradition symbolizes the story of Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt to protect baby Jesus from King Herod. The Rosca itself symbolizes the King’s crown, the dried fruit symbolizes jewels, while the plastic baby symbolizes Jesus in hiding. If you find the plastic figure, you’re a symbolic godparent and must sponsor a tamalada celebration on February 2nd, or Día de la Candelaria.
We Have the Tamales You Crave
Delia’s has everything you need for your Día de la Candelaria celebrations! If your tamalada will be small, we can provide you with half-dozen orders of every variety! If you’re expecting a long list of guests, our dozen orders will ensure that everyone is full and happy! Even if your guests forgo meat ingredients, you’ll be happy to know that our menu has vegetarian options for the whole family:
- Bean and cheese
- Bean and jalapeno
- Bean, cheese, and jalapeno
- Cream cheese and jalapeno
- Sweet cream cheese
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Tamales on Día de la Candelaria are a must at every Valley table, and Delia’s is happy to make the celebrations happen! Even if you’ll be celebrating out of town, we ship tamales nationwide! Contact us today to learn more!