For many, the holiday season ended as they rung in the New Year — long ago throwing out Christmas trees and tucking away decor. But for others the celebration continued until Monday, when families gathered to honor the Feast of Epiphany, more commonly known as the Three Kings Day.
Hundreds of people visited bakeries in Madera to pick up pre-ordered “Roscas del Día de Reyes” (King’s Cake), which is sweet bread shaped like a ring with a baby Jesus figurine hidden inside. People take turns cutting their slice of the bread, and whoever bites into the piece containing the baby is traditionally expected to prepare tamales for everyone else on Feb. 2 (Candlemas), which for Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Christians is a day marking the presentation of baby Jesus in the Jerusalem temple.
On the day of the Epiphany, traditionally celebrated Jan. 6 as the 12th day of Christmas, Christian believers recall when the Magi arrived where Jesus Christ, the son of God, had been born.
“Epiphany itself is a Greek word which means a manifestation. When a king came to a country it was the epiphany or the manifestation of the king. So for us Christians, this is a manifestation of Christ to all humanity,” said Rev. James Catalano, Oblate of St. Joseph...