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What is Rosca de Reyes

Rosca de Reyes and 3 Wise Men Day

January 6th is 3 Wise Men day in Mexico, known in Spanish as el Día de los Reyes Magos or El Día de Reyes and it is a tradition to eat “Rosca de Reyes”.

When Christians commemorate the arrival of the Magi or “Wise Men” who arrived bearing gifts for the Christ Child.

The word Epiphany means revelation or manifestation and the holiday celebrates the revelation of the baby Jesus to the world.

Dia-de-reyes-nacimientos-guadalajara, Rosca de Reyes

In Mexico, children receive gifts on this day, brought by the three kings, known in Spanish as los Reyes Magos, whose names are Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar. 

Arrival of the Magi

In the days preceding Three Kings Day, Mexican children write letters to the three kings requesting a toy or gift that they would like to receive.

Sometimes the letters are placed in helium-filled balloons and released, so the requests reach the kings through the air.

Traditionally children would leave out their shoes. When the children would wake up in the morning, their gifts appeared in place of the hay. Nowadays, like Santa Claus, the Kings tend to place their gifts under the Christmas tree.

Shoes under the Christmas tree, Rosca de Reyes

You may see men dressed up as the three kings posing for photos with children in Mexican town squares, parks, and shopping centers.

On the night of January 5th, the figures of the Wise Men are placed in the Nacimiento or nativity scene. 

Los 3 Reyes Magos “Wise Men” Rosca de Reyes

On Kings Day it is customary for families and friends to gather to drink hot chocolate or atole (a warm, thick, usually corn-based drink).

The person who finds the figurine is expected to host a party on Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas), celebrated on February 2nd, when tamales are customarily served.

Read more about this beautiful tradition, learn about its symbolism.

Rosca de Reyes

Is a sweet bread, which is a special food for Three King’s Day.

“Rosca” means wreath and “Reyes” means kings, so a direct translation of Rosca de Reyes would be “Kings’ Wreath”.

The sweet bread is shaped in the form of a wreath and usually has candied fruit on top, and a figurine of a baby baked inside.

Usually, each person cuts their own slice and the one who gets a piece of Rosca with the baby figurine is expected to host a party on Día de la Candelaria, which is celebrated on February 2nd.

Rosca de Reyes with a figurine of a baby inside

On that day, the traditional food is tamales.

Nowadays bakers tend to put several baby figurines in the Rosca, so the responsibility for making the tamales can be shared among several people.

Symbolism

Refers of the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s flight to Egypt to protect the infant Jesus from the slaughter of the innocents.

However, the shape of the Rosca symbolizes a crown, in this case, the crown of King Herod from whom they were trying to hide the infant Jesus.

The dried fruit placed on top are jewels on the crown.

The figurine in the Rosca represents baby Jesus in hiding.

Finally, the person who finds the baby Jesus is symbolically his godparent and must sponsor the party when he is taken to the temple to be blessed, celebrated as Día de la Candelaria, or Candlemas, on February 2nd.

Rosca de Reyes with hot chocolate or coffee

In order to enjoy this magic cellebration please visit Guadalajara at the begining of January to take one the best tours in Guadalajara with Panoramex.

Tamales are usually programed to be serve in a gathering arround February but if you come any time of the year, feel free to ask your tour guide for a Tamale stop on the to Tequila town

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5 Museums in Guadalajara

5 Amazing museums to visit in Guadalajara

Guadalajara Cathedral

Here are 5 amazing museums in Guadalajara you can visit and learn the culture, art and traditions of this beautiful city.

Guadalajara is the second largest city in the country and it is ranked as the eighth best city to visit in Mexico and South America. Known as the land of tequila and mariachi, it is rich in history and traditions. You will find glimpses of its dazzling architecture in Hospicio Cabañas, a hospital built in century XIX, or in its cathedral.

Guadalajara has managed to make tradition and modernity coexist in a single space because it preserves centenary culture and tradition.

The University of Guadalajara Art Museum

This is pleasant quick visit art museum with local influence. It’s free and located on campus. A good addition to a Guadalajara visit.

MUSA Guadalajara museum

Hospicio Cabañas Museum

The central region of western Mexico, Hospicio Cabañas was founded at the beginning of the 19th century to provide care and shelter to the needy including orphans, elderly, handicapped and chronic invalids.

A predominantly Neoclassical complex on a monumental scale, covering 2.34 hectares. The overall composition is formed by a rectangular plan and contains a complex of single-story buildings laid out around.

Hospicio Cabañas, José Clemente Orozco Superb Frescoes

In the late 1930s, the chapel was ornamented with fifty-seven superb frescoes painted by José Clemente Orozco, one of the greatest Mexican muralists of the time.

These works are considered a great masterpiece of Mexican art and illustrate both Spanish culture as well as Mexico’s indigenous culture with gods, sacrifices and temples.

The focus of the murals is found in the chapel’s dome with the work El Hombre de Fuego (The Man of Fire) which represents the submission of humans to machines.

Museum of Art in Zapopan

Very close to the Zapopan Cathedral there is a museum built to show the contemporary art of the world. One of the most important museums in Guadalajara

The MAZ takes advantage of the architecture of the enclosure to transmit certain emotions arising from various curatorships. 

Museums in Guadalajara

The Government Palace Museum

The aim of the museums in Guadalajara is to present the most important events that occured there.

Guadalajara’s Government Palace

The Government Palace Site Museum project arose within the framework of the preparations for the celebrations in the State by the Bicentennial of Independence and the Centenary of the Mexican Revolution in order that the Jalisco could reconnect with their history. 

The script has three axes. First, the history of the building;  secondly, to place the public in the context and history of Jalisco;  and thirdly contextualize the Palace so that its dimensions are known, how was its construction and its significance as an enclosure.

Sergio Bustamante Museum

Sergio Bustamante Museums in Guadalajara

The trademark style of this sculptor is triangular faces in resin, bronze, or ceramic, which come in various sizes and warped formations. The gallery, which also has sibling stores in the nation’s capital and around Jalisco, has a large range of jewelry and accessories in addition to the sculptures, all designed by Sergio, a native Mexican artist and sculptor.

Sergio Bustamante’s art is a reflection of the culture and art of Mexico today, his work is very beautiful, varied and versatile, ranging from jewelry to furniture, mache paper sculptures and large-scale art.

With all sorts of advancements today, people sometimes yearn to unwind and have a break. What you do to pause for a while and be reminded of simpler days? Visit a museum and go back in time! You’ll love every second exploring these museums in Guadalajara

Jalisco is a country of interesting history and many rich, fascinating cultures. Visit one of these five museums to re-connect with the Tapatio heritage!

Mexican Lucha in Guadalajara

Mexican pro wrestling, or lucha libre, is a must-see spectacle for visitors to Guadalajara. If you’re planning a visit to this Mexican metropolis, make sure you’re in town on a Tuesday night for a spectacle like no other. Lucha libre is where the best of the best wrestlers battle in colorful masks and costumes to entertain the crowd. And even if you’re not a fan of wrestling, this Mexican experience is one you won’t want to miss!

Mexican pro wrestling, or lucha libre, is a must-see spectacle for visitors to Guadalajara. Have fun and enjoy this unforgettable experience. Enjoy a night panoramic tour in Guadalajara historic downtown.

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Mazamitla Green Forest

Mazamitla Magical Forest

Mazamitla Magical forest is a Town with Green Forest come and dare to explore charming town of Mazamitla on a marvelous guided tour of the most interesting attractions.

As you lose visual contact with the developed world, you’ll be treated to an unspoiled display of Mother Nature’s finest.

Mazamitla, a magical town surrounded by oak and pine trees that shape its architecture.

Mazamitla Green Forest in the mountains of Jalisco Mexico

There are lots of outdoor activities like walking to the rivers, horseback riding,drive an ATV through Mazamitla pines on a tour that explores the forests surroundings.

Discover Mazamitla, a magical town, and explore a typical town deep in the nubious forest surrounded by oak and pine trees that shape its architecture.

Mazamitla Magical Forest

Part of the Sierra Madre known as Mexican Switzerland. Arts and Crafts are produced and displayed on the main streets of this Magical town in Jalisco.

Learn how to join us for a Mazamitla adventure with 3 or more people starting at $59 USD each from Guadalajara.

Romantic places to spend Valentine´s day in Guadalajara

Valentine’s Day is that day in every couple’s life when they thrive to relive the unique bond they share, and when someone somewhere finally decides to tell that one special person how much they mean to them. It is important to celebrate it in such a way, that it leaves an everlasting impact over your lover.

And what could be a better way of celebrating it, than in a distant, dreamy, gorgeous location, that makes you fall for each other all over again in beautiful and colorful Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Chapala Lake

Spend your valentine’s day on Mexico´s largest lake, which well known as one of the most romantic places in Guadalajara for Valentine’s Day. Make lasting promises in the arms of your lover as the boat slowly rows through the laden waters.

Mazamitla

What better a place for romance than the green landscapes of Mazamitla, Jalisco. Have a passionate adventurous tour of zip-lines, Atv´s and horse riding for two and get entwined in each other’s charm at one of the sweetest places to go on Valentine’s Day. For instance, we strongly recommend staying at the beautiful wooden cabins for an even more beautiful experience of your getaway..

Tequila

Spend a romantic evening with your significant other while basking in the magnificent blue agave fields in Tequila, Jalisco. Become and expert in the tequila making process. In other words, one of the best places to go on Valentine’s Day

Los Colomos forest

Walk hand in hand on Guadalajara´s famous forest with your beloved as you would walk with them forever through the ups and downs of life. Enjoy the lake, green landscape and tall trees. Perfect place if you are staying in Guadalajara.

Book a tour here and visit Guadalajara, Tequila, Chapala and more! Be amazed by its wonders and know the history and secrets of each place. 


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