Francisco Mejia, owner of Francsco’s Bakery, takes a tray of Rosca de Reyes out of the oven Wednesday at the Kennewick bakery. The traditional Mexican “bread of kings” is eaten by families on Jan. 6 to celebrate the arrival of three wise men at the site of Jesus’ birth.
Mejia, who has been a baker for 25 years, estimates his shop made 150 loaves for the holiday this year.
“The most important thing about this tradition is that it brings families together,” he said.
Customarily those who find the baby Jesus figurine baked inside the bread have to cook dinner for the entire family on Feb. 2 for La Candelaria, a Catholic-Mexican holiday.