Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cabalgata de Reyes.

The Cabalgata or Parade started at 7:30 p.m. We got there late, when the first trailers were starting to go by. So we didn't get a good place, and the photos are pretty bad. But here they are.

Kids tie thier letters for the Three Kings to a balloon
and let it go as the Kings ride by. There were balloon sellers
everywhere. The balloons have Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltasar
(names of the Kings) printed on them.

Many other things were being sold. Here is a
"garbanzo" (I think it's called chick pea) seller.
The garbanzos are steamed.
Mmmm, I love them, with salt, lime, and chilli sauce
(San Luis or Valentina are good sauces for these things).

Ian trying to get a better view. Even if it
meant my husband having the visit
a chiropracter in the morning.

Right after the Kings went by, he got ready to let go of his balloon.
What was the piece of paper? A photocopy of his semester
grades (very good grades!) so the Kings
would take that into consideration.

Bad picture, but I like it.

All the people going home to eat
Rosca de Reyes.

Our Rosca de Reyes. The custom it that everyone gets to cut their own
piece of bread. Baked into the Rosca are ceramic "babies". If you get
a "baby" in your piece, you have to invite everyone to
eat tamales on February 2, Día de la Candelaria
(Feast of Lights-a Catholic event).

It is a sweet bread decorated with candied fruit. Ours had
candied figs and citron.

Paul cutting his piece.

Ian next.

He got the baby!!

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