Last month we celebrated Día de Reyes (King’s Day) with my Meican co-worker who brought back a rosca de reyes from Mexico. The rosca de reyes is a sweet bread in the shape of an oval donut that has three plastic figurines of a baby Jesus. Traditionally families will get together on January 6 and cut the rosca de reyes together. Everyone gets to cut the bread and whoever gets a slice with a figurine in it has to throw a Tamales Party (Día de la Candelaria) on Feb 2. The reasoning behind the baby Jesus in the bread is to symbolize how baby Jesus was hid while King Herod tried to have him killed as a child. There are three figurines to symbolize the three wise men, even though it’s a myth that there were only three. Everyone assumes that there were three wise men, but the Bible only mentions three gifts, so there could have been several men.
So a bunch of coworkers got together to celebrate with our coworker because this was the first time she wasn’t doing it with her family. Well guess what happened to me. I was the first to cut the bread and I cut right into a baby Jesus. It was pretty hilarious. The bread is so big that it’s such a small probability that it would happen, but it did.
Today myself and the two other coworkers who got the remaining two baby Jesus figurines threw our Tamales Party, but we had enchiladas instead of tamales because they were cheaper. Everyone still loved them though and it was fun to have a follow-up Mexican party. This is one of the beauties of working in Toronto. There are so many cultures surrounding each other and the opportunities to learn about them is endless.
Here are some pictures from the event. The food was delicious and the company was fabulous.