The traditional rosca de Reyes in Latin America has a story since the ingredients of this bread have symbols that go back several hundred years
The thread symbolizes the biblical passage between the encounter of the Magicians with the child God and is known as Epiphany.
Its oval or circular shape, they say, has to do with the infinite circle of love for God, since it has no beginning or end.
It also evokes the crowns of the Magicians, whose multi-colored fruit symbolizes a message of peace, love and hope.
The Rosca de Reyes has behind it a beautiful story of faith and sacrifice of three men who followed a luminous star to Bethlehem to worship the Child God, a tradition that has its beginnings in the Middle Ages and arrived in Mexico during the Viceroyalty.
The story tells that the three Wise Men left Persia to go to worship the Child Jesus and according to tradition, it is they who bring the gifts to the children, as they once did with the child Jesus by bringing him three gifts that included gold, incense and myrrh.
Thus, today, at dawn on January 6, children receive gifts that the 3 wise men leave them at home, in representation of the gifts that the Three Wise Men brought to the Child Jesus.
Marco Polo in his book The Travels of Marco Polo or The Book of the Million, details that the three wise men of the region undertook their journey to worship a newborn prophet and bring him three offerings: gold, incense and myrrh. The Magicians found the Child, who was three days old, prostrated themselves before him and gave him the three offerings.
The figure hidden inside the Rosca de reyes symbolizes the Child Jesus that the kings could not find because the star disappeared.
The thread is split on January 6 in the afternoon or evening in the company of the family.