Valley prepares for the Three Kings arrival

For many families in Mexico and other parts of the world, Wednesday will mark a day of special celebration as Dia de Los Reyes, or the Day of the Kings.

On this holiday, people honor the Three Wise Men who traveled to give gifts to baby Jesus. In celebration of that biblical event, families will not only exchange gifts but break bread, serving Rosca De Reyes, or King’s Cake, to honor the Three Wise Men.

Helping serve Rosca De Reyes is a tradition in which Ayala’s Bakery takes great pride. The bakery at 844 Military Road has been baking its roscas since last Saturday, already selling more than 400.

“We make about 10 batches per day,” said bakery owner Esteban Ayala. “It’s been hard to keep up with the demand. They’ve been selling off the shelves.”

He explained the oval shaped cake is symbolic, mimicking the shape of a crown. A small plastic doll is hidden within the cake to symbolize the infant Jesus Christ being hidden from King Herod’s troops. The top of the cake is adorned with jewel-colored dried and candied fruits. Ayala said the person who receives the slice with the hidden doll must host a party for those sharing the King’s Cake on Día de la Candelaria on Feb. 2.

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