Hundreds of people in Silvis celebrate el día de reyes magos, the feast of the three kings


SILVIS, Ill. (KWQC) – TV6 continues to celebrate the holidays in the Quad Cities. January 6 is the día de los reyes magos, otherwise known as the epiphany or the day of the three kings. It is a popular holiday in Latin America. For many Catholics, it celebrates the day when the three wise men reached the baby Jesus.

In other countries, it is Santa Claus who gives the gifts. In Mexico, for example, the three wise men bring you gifts instead. Since they brought various gifts to Jesus, they can bring gifts to you if you leave your shoes outside your door, showing that a child is inside.

If the gifts occupy an important place during the day, the food too … in particular, the Rosca de Reyes. It is a sweet bread, traditionally eaten on the epiphany. La Canasta Bakery in Silvis is one of the few places in the Quad Cities area where you can buy the treat. Owner Gerardo Chavez says this week that they have already sold over 400! “La rosca de reyes has 3 main meanings. The ring means that there is no end or beginning, the baby Jesus represents Jesus when he was hidden from the soldiers. And the decoration on the top represents the crown of the tres reyes, ”explains Chavez. Inside the rosca is a plastic doll about an inch high, meant to represent Jesus.

One of the many customers on Thursday was Noemi Cruz, who came to buy a rosca. She says she has celebrated the party since she was a child. “It’s a tradition that we have as Hispanics, it’s a really lovely celebration for the kids to have that faith and that culture,” she said. (Es una tradición que nosotros tenemos como hispanos, es una celebración muy bonita para los niños para que tengan una creencia y nuestra culturas.)

Chavez describes the holidays as almost a second Christmas, where you can get more gifts. Cruz says: “The rosca is a sweet treat. For me, the most important thing is to see the happy faces of my children in the morning when they wake up and see their gifts. It is the most important. (La rosca es algo mas comun, un anotjito que será. A mi, lo más important es ver los caritas felices de mis hijos por la mañana cuando se despiertan y miran sus regalos. Eso es lo mas important)

The holiday is full of sweets, gifts and traditions. If you find the baby Jesus hidden in your slice, you are chosen as the one bringing tamales to our next vacation which is February 2nd. It is believed that this is when Mary introduces Jesus to the city, according to Jewish law where the child and mother must wait 40 days to visit their temple.

La Canasta bakery sells roscas until Saturday. they have the traditional roscas as well as other stuffed with strawberries, cajeta, chocolate or cream cheese. You can pre-order or withdraw.

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