Monday, January 2, 2012

¡Próspero Año Nuevo!

I hope you wore yellow on New Year's Eve!  In Perú, it is The Color to use in clothing and decorations to assure a happy and prosperous New Year.  I remember buying yellow underwear for the occasion at the mercado in 2008 and seeing lots of decorations all over in yellow.

The next celebration coming up is la Fiesta de los Reyes Magos, or Los Tres Reyes, on January 6.  This is traditionally the Spanish day for exchanging gifts. Children would be on the lookout for camels, not reindeer. This is the day on which the Reyes arrived at Bethlehem to honor the newborn king.
This time is nowadays being usurped or supplemented in some places by the Santa Claus type tradition in which Christmas Eve or Day is gift-giving time.  The traditional food is a "rosca de reyes", a large ring-shaped pastry that has baked into it a small figurine of the Christ Child.  The lucky person who finds it has the honor of giving a party on Feb. 2, el Día de la Candalaria. Más información, en español, aquí:

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