How is the Rosca de Reyes in other countries?

In the Catholic tradition the Rosca de Reyes symbolizes the meeting on the day when the wise men they met the child Jesus, so around the world there are several countries that have their own seasonal breads to commemorate the Epiphany, January 6th.

The tradition is also related to the festivities that the ancient Romans dedicated to the god SaturnAt that time they prepared round buns with figs that had a bean inside and distributed them among the commoners, whoever found it was named “king” for that day.

In Mexico, the traditional Rosca carries several figurines of a child inside, whoever finds it agrees to buy tamales on February 2 for Candlemas Day. In addition, it is characterized by figs, acitrón, ate or other crystallized fruits.

Rosca de Reyes in other countries

Spanish Roscón Galette des Rois


The Spanish roscón is more circular, its dough is flavored with orange blossom water and always has citrus fruits such as orange and lemon, formerly they had a bean inside and whoever found it became “king of the party”

Galette des rois

In the north of France, Galette des Rois is consumed during the first days of the year, it is made with puff pastry and inside it hides a bean, bean, almond or other figure and whoever finds it becomes the king or queen: a crown is placed of cardboard that accompanies this bread.

Galette des rois

King cake

The King Cake (king cake) is consumed in some areas of the United States. Its style is similar to that of a cinnamon roll, covered with glazes of traditional Mardi Gras colors. Inside it can carry various fillings and the figurine of a child that represents Jesus.

Bolo Rei

In Portugal it is known as Bolo Rei, with grapes, raisins and nuts, it is flavored with Port wine. It is consumed from December to January, it is a cake that resembles a crown, it includes a bean, whoever takes it out in their slice must also buy the next Bolo Rei.