Three Kings Day is a Christian holiday that is celebrated when three magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus after his birth.
HOUSTON. The Hispanic community celebrated Three Kings Day, or Dia de Reyes, on Friday, which means bakeries across Houston were overflowing with shoppers looking to get their hands on the royal cake.
Three Kings Day is a Christian holiday that is celebrated when three magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus after his birth. It is celebrated in Mexican and Hispanic communities with a big celebration and gifts for children, according to CBS News.
HOW correspondent 11 Marcelino Benito grew up in a Hispanic home and was traditionally said to mark the end of the Christmas season for Hispanic families.
On Friday, he stopped at the Arandas bakery and was greeted by the “Three Kings” who handed out toys to the children. He said that there was a smell of royal cakes outside the door.
Arandas Bakery says Three Kings Day is always the busiest day of the year as families buy cake to take home for the celebration. The bakery said its team has been making sweet, buttery pastries since Thursday night. Around 8,000 royal cakes are expected to be sold on Friday.
“Holidays are always busy, but that’s the icing on the cake. Cherry on the cake,” said Ricardo Hernandez.
Elia Natareno from El Salvador says she has been coming to the Arandas bakery for her rosques for years.
“I’m coming from Katy,” she said.
This is a tradition close to her heart.
“All my children and grandchildren come and cut a piece and look for baby Jesus,” Natareno said.
Arandas Bakery isn’t the only bakery in Houston making Rosca de Reyes. You can also find this special treat at the following locations:
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The tradition holds if you find the baby Jesus in your piece of cake, the tradition is that you have to pay for the celebration of “Three Kings Day” next year.
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