ROCKLAND — On Saturday, Jan. 7, from 1-4 p.m., join Penobscot Bay Language School and their volunteer hosts (Jennifer and family) for a traditional celebration of los Reyes Magos. El Día de los Reyes Magos is the traditional end to the Christmas holidays in much of the Spanish speaking world. Enjoy food, candy, drinks, music, singing and the Rosca de Reyes, with a surprise inside for one lucky guest.

Passed down as a Spanish Catholic tradition following the Spanish conquest and colonization of the Americas, el Día de los Reyes Magos celebrates the coming of the three wise men in the Christian tradition of the birth of Jesus Christ. In many parts of Mexico, it is the three kings that deliver presents to children during the Christmas season. Bring your kids — perhaps they will visit the school.

We will be serving the traditional Rosca de Reyes, a sweet round cake, with a small plastic figure of a baby baked inside. Traditionally, the figurine represents the baby Jesus, and the lucky party goer who finds the baby in their piece of cake has to make tamales for the next gathering. Mexican hot chocolate will be served, along with a demonstration, and even a song in Spanish to teach you how to make it. There will be lots of other Mexican foods and treats to enjoy.

Although rooted in the Christian tradition, our Reyes Magos celebration is not a religious event — open to all faiths, ethnic backgrounds, ages, and anyone interested in learning about Mexican culture.

There is a suggested donation $10. The Penobscot Bay Language School is located at 28 Gay St., Rockland.
For more information and to register please visit www.penobscot.us or call (207) 594-1084.