Sunday, January 6, 2008

Happy Three Kings!

An important celebration in the Mediterranean countries (Italy, Spain...) that marks the end of the Christmas season is the Feast of the Epiphany, or more popularly known as the Feast of the Three Kings. In these countries, kids receive their gifts on January 6 following a grand parade of the Kings' cortege to the city manger.


Another curiosity that's done in Spain is the tradition of eating roscón, a round lemon-flavored bread covered with dried fruits and nuts, similar to the Filipino fruit cake. The taste isn't as good as ours, but the most exciting thing about this cake in the prize within. If in your slice you get a small figurine or toy, you get crowned as King. But if you get a dried bean hidden within the crumbs, you have to pay for the roscón.

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