HEB Three Wise Men made a special appearance at the recent DRHCC January monthly membership meeting.
DRHCC Public Relations Director Maggie Roman introduced The Magi, as they were then known, whose names were Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar.
She noted the Magi traveled a far distance to pay homage to the Christ child. They brought with them fine gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Three Kings Day remains an important holiday for Hispanics all over the United States and the people of Mexico. In addition to the gift-giving aspect of the day there is also a culinary treat that is specific to the holiday. Known as ‘Rosca de Reyes’ (King’s Cake), this holiday dessert offers much in the way of symbolism. Shaped in the round to signify a king’s crown, this sweet bread holds a special surprise.
Baked inside is a small plastic figurine representing the baby Jesus. The effigy of the baby Jesus, hidden inside the cake, represents another aspect of the holiday.
The reason Jesus is ‘hidden’ inside the bread is to symbolize how in life, the Christ child’s birth location also needed to remain secret, in order that his life be spared.
Whoever finds this token is obligated to host an upcoming party for the occasion of ‘Dia de la Candelaria’ (Candlemas Day) which occurs each year on February 2nd. In recognition of this annual tradition, HEB on Veterans recently hosted a special ROSCA event for the community.
A special thank you to Janie Garcia and HEB for providing the Magi and the delicious Roscas enjoyed by everyone at the January meeting.