Friday, 23 January 2015

Magic Magi

I had never heard of 'Three Kings Bread' before this story, and so I had to look it up .... apparently its a  fruitcake, which is traditionally eaten on the 6th of January to mark 'Three Kings Day', aka “El Día de los Reyes”, which is perhaps more properly known as 'Epiphany'. If like me your Christianity is bit hazy, it won't hurt to remind you that this was traditionally a commemoration principally (but not solely), of the visit of the Magi (three wise men), to the Christ child, and thus Jesus's physical manifestation to the Gentiles.

Traditionally Three Kings Cake Is Baked Round, Like A King's Crown.

Other traditions associated to 'Three Kings Day' include:

  • It is sometimes referred to as the 12th Day of Christmas and in many Hispanic households it's given the same importance as the 25th of December.
  • Many families leaving a box of grass (or hay) and water for the three king's camels to eat ... leaving a trail of hay behind that children can often follow to their gifts.
  • In Latin America children leave their shoes right outside their doors so the Three Kings will leave their gifts inside, the bigger presents are placed around them.
  • Hispanic families will usually celebrate Three Kings Day with another Christmas dinner that is topped off with the King's Bread for dessert. 
  • Children also sometimes make crowns to wear at the table in honour of the kings

This day is celebrated in many countries, especially Catholic majority countries, but as I had barely heard of it, its safe to say that its not much celebrated in the UK outside of committed Christians .... for instance in Mexico, thousands gather every year to taste a mile-long “Rosca de Reyes” (Kings’ Bread) while others simply make the holiday staple at home honouring the tradition to hide a baby jesus figurine within the bread -- the person whose slice has the figurine must prepare tamales for everyone on the Day of the Candles on the 2nd of February.

One Mile Of Rosca de Reyes In Mexico

But last Christmas, its safe to say that some celebrants of Three Kings Day in Orange County California got a little more transcendental spirituality than they would normally expect from prayerful contemplation .... this was because at least 40 people started suffering, with symptoms that included hallucinations and out-of-body experiences. This was after eating Three Kings cake distributed by 'Cholula’s Bakery' in Santa Ana. 

The Three Kings Were More Trippy Than Usual This Year

Initial health board investigations suggested that the cake was laced with a synthetic drug .....Officials closed the Bakery while criminal investigations were made, and it will be thoroughly cleaned before it can be re-opened.

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