If you have Mexican relatives or friends, you may have heard him talk about the Guadalupe-Reyes marathon. So, is this an actual marathon? If so, when and how does it take place? What does the Virgin of Guadalupe have to do with it? Today we answer all your questions.
About the Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon
The Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon is a term Mexicans use to refer jokingly to the string of holidays tha begins on the 12th of December (the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe) goes on uninterrupted until the 6th of January (Dia de los Santos Reyes, or Three Kings Day).
Needless to say, this is not an actual marathon, but a period where you are allowed to eat delicious food and enjoy yourself, a time when Mexicans get together with family and friends to celebrate the festive season and enjoy some of the country’s traditional delicacies.
What To Do During Guadalupe-Reyes
During Guadalupe-Reyes, Mexicans take time off from work to travel, socialize, and indulge in some of their favorite dishes and drinks. Tamales, pozole, buñuelos, and traditional Mexican hot chocolate are just a few of the delicious food items that are enjoyed during this time of the year
One of the most significant elements of the Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon is the Posadas, a type of street party celebrated in honor of the Catholic Church’s nine-day series of masses leading up to Christmas Eve. These parties involve traditional Christmas carols, candlelit processions, and reenactments of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Mexican families often take turns hosting these parties, serving traditional foods and drinks to guests.
In addition to the Posadas, many Mexicans also celebrate the Feast of Epiphany, also known as “Three Kings Day.” On this day, people exchange gifts and traditionally eat a special cake known as Rosca de Reyes. The cake is decorated with brightly colored fruits representing the jewels of a crown, and it contains one or more hidden plastic figurines of baby Jesus. Whoever finds these figurines in their slice of cake is traditionally expected to host the next party or provide tamales for Candlemas, another important Mexican holiday.
Wrapping It Up
The Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon is not a sporting event but a time for Mexicans to come together, share stories and laughter, and appreciate the good things in life. Whether it is biting into a delicious tamale or sipping on some mezcal with friends, this tradition is sure to put a smile on your face. So, if you ever happen to be in Mexico during this time of year, be sure to join in the festivities and experience the joy of the Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon for yourself!
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