Every year, the Feast of the Three Kings or the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6. It commemorates the visit of the Three Kings (Magi) to the Child Jesus, Jesus’s physical manifestation, and the representation of God in His Son.
Catholics all around the world, including Filipinos, celebrate it by hearing Mass with their loved ones and eat out afterward. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become harder to do things— especially religious celebrations that usually involve mass gatherings. (Read: 4 Prayers to Celebrate the Epiphany)
Regardless, this doesn’t mean that traditions have to change— we just have to adjust them a little, given the situation. And to not break tradition, you can instead watch a Holy Mass online then cook (or order something) for the family and enjoy your meal together at home.
So to make it a bit easier for you, My Pope gives you ideas on what food you can serve for the Feast of the Three Kings celebrations!
Three Kings Feast: Frijoles de la Olla
Frijoles de la Olla is a Mexican dish that uses pinto beans and cooked in a pot. It’s usually eaten as a side dish, but can still be eaten as a main meal. Frijoles de la Olla is fairly easy to make as you just have to season the beans and boil them in a pot. No one knows exactly why it’s traditionally served at a Three Kings celebration, but it can be because the Holy Land was agriculturally rich and maybe they had a similar dish like this! (Read: What Foods Did the Holy Family Eat Back in the Day?)
Find the recipe for this here.
Three Kings Feast: Gambas al Ajillo
If you’re a seafood lover and have a specific liking for shrimps, you should definitely serve this at your celebration! Gambas al Ajillo or Spanish Garlic Shrimp is a treat for anyone who loves to eat garlicky dishes! But not only is it good because of the garlic, it also has some sweetness and spice mixed into it— making for a delicious burst of flavors. (Read: The Three Kings: Real or Fake News?)
Check out a recipe here.
Three Kings Feast: Rosca de Reyes
When translated, Rosca de Reyes literally means “King’s bread,” and that’s why it’s usually served during the Feast of the Three Kings. It’s a bread shaped like a large doughnut, with red and green decorations on top to symbolize Christmas— as the Epiphany is still part of the holiday celebrations. In some countries, people also put a little plastic baby inside the bread before serving it, and whoever finds the baby will be the “King” for the day!
You can find a recipe here.