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Rosca de Reyes

Rosca de reyes (kings' ring) is a Mexican cake traditionally eaten to celebrate the Epiphany. It is traditionally eaten on January 6th, during the celebration of the Dia de Reyes (Wise Men Day). This is the day when children get presents from the Three Wise Men (not from Santa). The tradition of placing a trinket (figurine of the Christ Child) in the cake is very old. The baby Jesus, when hidden in the bread, represents the flight of Jesus, fleeing from King Herod's evil plan. Whoever finds the small baby Jesus is blessed and must take it (a representation of baby Jesus) to the nearest church on the 2nd of February (Dia de la Candelaria). In the Mexican culture, this person also has to organize a celebration and provide tamales and atole to the guests.

Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Dia de los Muertos), is a holiday celebrated in Latin America and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on the gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

The celebration occurs on November 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day (November 1st) and All Souls' Day (November 2nd).
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, special made bread and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these items as gifts.

Due to occurring shortly after Halloween, the Day of the Dead is sometimes thought to be a similar holiday, although the two actually have little in common.
The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, where partying is common. Pan de Muertos the traditional bread offered to the dead person every year, people eat this sweet bread as part of the tradition and is only available during this period.

Sugar Skull

The word calavera, Spanish for skull, can refer to a number of cultural phenomena associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. Calaveras de azucar (sugar skulls) are used to adorn altars and can be eaten. According to the tradition the family can name the skulls with their own names.