|Raul Gonzales of Grand Morelos Bakery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn holding a traditional three Kings Bread, recipes below, photo by Erica Sackin|
You’ve heard the song the Twelve Days of Christmas. But, what does that actually mean? Most folks celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a special meal. But some also celebrate the Twelve days after Christmas on January 6.th The Day of Epiphany or the appearance of Christ to gentiles as the Christ. This celebration is rooted in studies of the bible and, a calendar in which some hold the belief that January 6th is when the Three Wise Men came to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus. What I find interesting is how this holiday has a very long history dating back to the Middle Ages but with different names across the Atlantic world. Catholics settlers in Latin America dubbed it the day of the three kings. Today many people of Latin American heritage are preparing elaborate feasts with many traditional dishes. Here are two recipes below you can try.
Mexican Rosca de Reyes/Three Kings Bread recipe: http://cookinginmexico.com/2010/01/06/rosca-de-reyes-three-kings-bread-for-epiphan/
Three Kings Caribbean Bread with coffee recipe: http://cookingdiva.net/blog/comments/three_kings_tropical_bread_with_coffee_rosca_de_reyes_al_caf/
Related story link to the photo: http://24sevenbrooklyn.blogspot.com/search/label/Three%20Kings%20Day
For Some, Three Kings Day Is Bigger Than Christmas: [Listen 6 min 30 sec] http://www.npr.org/2012/01/06/144789992/for-some-three-kings-day-is-bigger-than-christmas