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The Rosca De Reyes Is A Mexican Classic But Do You Know The Story Behind It?

Christmas and end of year celebrations vary across the world. But Latinos, Mexicans in particular, get a little extra time for the holiday season, which extends into the first week of January due to a celebration that involves some of the best things in life: pastry, chocolate and family. 

So, if you come from a Mexican family you know the holiday season does not end on New Year’s Eve, but on January 6.

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Yes, known as Dia de Reyes or Wise Men’s Day, this holiday celebrates the presents that according to scripture Baby Jesus received gifts from three travelers that were guided by the Star of Bethlehem. This translates into yet more presents for Latino kids and a family celebration that involves eating a very important pastry. 

Introducing La Rosca de Reyes!

It is basically a brioche style huge oval shaped string of deliciousness. It is filled with candied fruits, which also decorate the top. Most importantly, though, it contains at least one but often multiple figurines of a baby representing a newly born Jesus. The family goes around the table taking turns and cutting into the rosca. Expectations mount as each guest reveals whether or not they got the muñeco. Some people love to find it while others really hate it.

It is usually passed down with a very Mexican hot chocolatito.

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The Rosca de Reyes celebration usually involves making a delicious Mexican hot chocolate, a traditional beverage that highlights the indigenous origin of chocolate, an ingredient that has become perhaps the most popular flavor in the world. Like really, what would the world be without chocolate? So get your Abuelita tablets ready and get ready to froth some milk. 

With el muñeco comes a great responsibility… 

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Whoever gets el muñeco (how the Jesus figurine is commonly called) has to buy tamales for the whole family come the day of the Virgin of Candelaria, which is celebrated on February 2nd. Some people even keep the baby figurine in their mouth to escape from the responsibility and expense of getting some hot tamales for a crowd. During February 2 Mexico becomes tamale central and you are able to find them even in supermarkets. In the US we are sure that you can buy them in specialty shops or, if you are lucky enough, perhaps there is a tamale cart in your neighborhood. 

The Rosca de Reyes has its origin in colonial times, as a Medieval Catholic tradition was passed on to what was then New Spain.

There are numerous theories about the symbolism of the Rosca de Reyes. Some think that the oval shape resembles a king’s crown, while others argue that it represents the infinite love towards God. The tradition finds its origin in medieval France, where a pagan tradition dictated that during the festivals a king was to be chosen through a process in which a broad bean was hidden in a sweet pastry and whoever found it would be named the pretend king. The tradition is still being followed in France, where an almond based pastry called Gallete du Rois or King’s Cake is baked and decorated with a crown. 

But why do people hide a figurine?

Baby Jesus figurines were not traditionally made of plastic, of course, but of ceramic. The pagan tradition of choosing a festival king through a hidden broad bean was transformed into hiding a baby Jesus, representing how Mary and Joseph hid their son when King Herod wanted to find the baby that according to the prophecies would become king. This is an example of religious syncretism that resulted in a fun tradition enjoyed by millions every year. Are you interested in starting having a Dia de Reyes in case you don’t already?

Some people are really obsessed with having the biggest Rosca de Reyes ever and the world record is 2 kilometers of crusty and sweet heaven.

The world record for the longest Rosca de Reyes was achieved on January 6 2019, when the Vizcaya University was home to a two kilometer loaf. As Mexico Daily News reports, the ingredient list was something that needed to be seen to be believed: “More than two tonnes of flour, 10,000 eggs, 350 kilograms of margarine, 16 liters of vanilla, 18 liters of orange blossom water, 25 kilos of baker’s yeast, 150 kilos of lard and 700 kilos of sugar went into the very long loaf”. And it was so long that 7,000 baby figurines were hidden under layers of fluffy brioche. 

El Chapo’s Mother Claims That The US Illegally Extradited Her Son And She Wants Him Back

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El Chapo’s Mother Claims That The US Illegally Extradited Her Son And She Wants Him Back

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El Chapo’s mother has reportedly asked Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to bring her son back from U.S. federal custody. María Consuelo Loera Pérez, El Chapo’s mother, claims that the U.S. illegally extradited her son from Mexico.

María Consuelo Loera Pérez, El Chapo’s mom, wants her son brought back to Mexico.

According to Daily Mail, El Chapo’s mother sent a letter to President López Obrador claiming to have information that proves that the U.S illegally extradited her son. In the letter, Loera Pérez argues that her attorneys have sufficient proof that the U.S. acted inappropriately and is asking President López Obrador to bring El Chapo back to serve his sentence in Mexican custody.

It is alleged that Loera Pérez’s attorneys are already in talks to bring El Chapo back to Mexico.

Some people have been able to find humor in the news. El Chapo was extradited and eventually convicted by U.S. authorities on a series of felonies tied to his participation in the drug trade. His involvement in cartel activities in Mexico that spilled into the U.S. led to his extradition and sentencing in U.S. custody.

The news comes after a viral video showed AMLO visiting with El Chapo’s mother.

The video, allegedly taken in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico, shows AMLO walking up and greeting Loera Pérez as she sits in a car. He can allegedly be heard telling her not to get out of the car and that he did get her letter. The mention of the letter does lend credibility to the claims of El Chapo’s mother fighting to bring him back. However, it is unclear what the letter he mentioned addressed.

The video is drawing strong reactions from people as AMLO is violating social distancing guidelines set forth to combat COVID-19.

AMLO has been panned for leaving Mexico exceptionally vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic by not moving quickly enough to set restrictions. Health authorities in Mexico are urging all 130 million citizens to stay indoors and to only leave on essential business.

Some people are more upset with the fact AMLO met with El Chapo’s mother.

“In this case, the least of the problems is the social distancing for Covid19,” @archibaldo53 tweeted. “The true problem is the significance of this visit that clarifies our doubt completely and finds López in relations with these people.”

El Chapo is currently serving a life sentence in U.S. federal custody. He was sentenced to life by a Federal District Court in Brooklyn for his drug, murder, and money laundering charges.

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Google Launches Faces Of Frida So You Can Pass The Time Learning About The Artist’s Life

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Google Launches Faces Of Frida So You Can Pass The Time Learning About The Artist’s Life

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Few artists have reached the level of fame as Frida Kahlo. The Mexican painter is more than an artist. Kahlo is a point of cultural pride that transcends nationality within the Latino community and unites Latino art lovers in their le of Latin American art. Now, Google, in the time of self-isolation, is giving everyone a chance to learn about the iconic painter.

Google wants to give everyone a chance to learn about Frida Kahlo with its online “Faces of Frida” exhibit.

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Anyone who visits the “Face of Frida” exhibit can browse through the artist’s incredible paintings. Kahlo is one of the most influential artists the world has ever known. Her fame and people’s admiration continue to this day with tributes still appearing around the world for the Mexican artist.

Viewers can decide which museum’s Frida Kahlo collection they want to explore.

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The exhibit is made possible by 32 museums from around the world collaborating to show Frida Kahlo’s impressive and iconic works of art. Museums across four continents shared Kahlo piece from their exhibits with Google to create an exhibit showing more than 800 paintings. Some of the museums include Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico, Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the United States, Nagoya City Art Museum in Japan, Fundación MAPFRE in Spain, and Buenos Aires Graffiti in Argentina.

The interactive exhibit is perfect for all Frida Kahlo and art lovers alike. While 3.4 billion people in the world are on lockdown orders, the incredible virtual exhibit of Kahlo’s work gives people a chance to see works of art they haven’t been able to visit yet.

The exhibit is easy to navigate and some of Kahlo’s works have been collected into their own themed galleries.

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Kahlo is most famous for using her own life as the inspiration for her works of art. The artist often played with the themes of pain and death due to her own near-death experiences. Her tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera influenced Kahlo’s work depending on where they were in their relationship. The couple was notorious for taking extra-marital lovers throughout their marriage.

“Faces of Frida” also offers art fans a chance to learn about Kahlo through editorial features.

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Kahlo was one of the most revolutionary women in the world. She moved through space unimpeded by society’s views on her gender and place in society. She was politically engaged and held onto a list of values that many still argue over today. Namely, there have been discussions and think pieces about the sudden commercialized usage of Kahlo’s image and what she might have to say about it. As someone who was opposed to capitalism, it seems safe to say she might not have appreciated herself being used for capitalistic gains.

You can visit “Faces of Frida” by clicking here.

READ: This LA Play Explores The Mystery Surrounding Frida Kahlo’s Death, Her Love Affairs, And Her Passion For Art