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Dia de los Reyes

kinda used to it because of all the ukranians in my life!

semi-overcast 20 °C

January 6 is Dia de Los Reyes, the day when the three wise men arrived bearing gifts.
Reyes = Kings
So January 5th, the children write a wish top the three kings, then they recieve gifts on the 6th. But there is a perk for the grown-ups too! We get to share rosca and atole!

Rosca is a super delicious ring of bread, that tastes a lot like hot crossed buns, and is accompanied by atole (a warm corn based drink - often chocolate flavoured.) Super delicious!

The Rosca we shared at lunch with some of the other teachers was HUGE!!!
But ensured that everyone got a nice big piece!


Everyone has to cut their own piece, and carefully! Becuase inside the rosca there are hidden plastic white dolls.
They represent the hidden baby Jesus, and if you cut a piece with one of the dolls inside it is good luck!
But it also means that you will have to bring tamales and atole to share with everyone on the party that is held on the 2nd of February. I don't buy the whole 'lucky' thing, and don't want to be suckered into buying tamales again, so I had my fingers crossed that my piece would be doll-less.
It was! ha ha ha

But of course there were others who were 'luckier' than me and found a little doll inside their section.
Geraldo got his.
and Jose Manuel.
and a few others too!

Then when Gretchen and I got back to the school we headed to the cafeteria to share another rosca with a group of her students. And it was just as big as the first!
And this one was packed with those lucky little babies too of course...
it is so amusing when you find them, because they are packed in there in the goofiest little ways:
oh the hilarity...

until I got mine! ha ha ha

Looks like I will have luck in 2010 after all. But that's OK, we can all use a little luck now and then, right?
Gretchen got three! So she out did me there.
And it seems to have started as soon as we got a off the bus to come home. Because who do you think we ran into but the three wise men themselves! What are the odds.... has to have been the babies' doing!

So the atole that I mentioned is a fairly popular drink, not just this time of year, but always.
Our nighbours make it every morning to sell, and often bring us a pitcher full. It is thicker than hot chocolate, and when you get a good batch, it can't be beat!
Anyways, this morning when I was waiting for the bus, a woman came down the street with her cart,as I imagine she does each morning, stopping at each house to offer some atole. The woman next to the bus stop wanted some so she stopped, we chatted a little and I snapped some pics so that you could see how this operation works.
She's got tubs of different flavoured atole (natural, chocolate and vanilla) and you can bring your own pitcher to fill, or she will sell you a platstic cup full. Its a great system, and you don't even have to get dressed to get your atole delivered straight to your door! There are also others who sell tortillas, tamales, and other goods the exact same way.
I tell ya, if you have the energy and are a enterprising type of person, you can sell just about anything here in Mexico, as long as there is a demand for it.
Not sure that going door to door selling homemade wares, no lisence, no business model, no authorization from some bureaucratic office somewhere at city hall would fly at home. But it works here, and benefits the local people (sellers and buyers.)
And its this kind of thing that I miss a lot when I am back home. So I will enjoy it while I can I guess.

Anyways that's the Dia de los Reyes here in Mexico.
(And a Happy Ukranian Christmas to all my St.Andrews readers out there!)

Posted by ssshauna 06:01 Archived in Mexico

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