Rosca de Reyes Workshop
Sunday, December 15th, 2019 from 15:00 to 19:00 (4 hours)
One Rosca will be baked and tasted on-site, and one whole Rosca will be raffled so that the lucky winner can bring it home
The origin of the "Rosca de Reyes" is ancient. The most accurate data available places it during the fourth century AD, when Christianity began to secure its place within the Roman Empire. At the time, it was customary to hide a bean inside a loaf of bread for pure amusement. This was done during Saturnalia (which would later be replaced by Christmas), a festival dedicated to Saturn that coincided with the winter solstice. When Christmas began to be celebrated, the search for the bean inside the bread started on January 6th, the day on which the Christians of the Western Roman Empire marked the Epiphany (the meeting of the Magi with baby Jesus).
Later, in 14th-century Medieval Europe (more precisely in France), this tradition was expanded by granting the diner who found the bean a sort of "special treatment," as if they were the king of the table.
Some sources point out that even since ancient times, the first Christians in what is now Palestine and Israel had a very similar custom. According to said sources, these early Christians were the ones to take the tradition to Europe, from whence it eventually spread to the American continent. Shortly after, the bean was replaced by a porcelain doll that is now made of plastic.