January 5 is a busy day at Boyle Heights bakeries, where customers line up to purchase the traditional ‘rosca de Reyes,’ the ring-shaped bread eaten by Mexican families on the Catholic holiday of Three Kings Day (Jan. 6).
Here, roscas are sold with a warning about the small plastic toy hidden in the dough –that’s following the tradition of hiding a figurine of Baby Jesus in the bread. In 2015, BHB student journalists wrote about how local residents celebrate the traditional Spanish and Latin American holiday of the Three Kings, known also as the Epiphany.
In some Boyle Heights homes, whoever gets the piece of bread with the figurine inside is charged with getting tamales for the Feb. 2 Feast of the Candlemas (Candelaria). Read the full story here.
This story was updated on Jan. 6 to note that Three Kings Day is a Catholic holiday.
Photo above: Customers buy their roscas at La Mascota bakery.