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Three Kings’ Day & La Rosca de Reyes Celebration~ Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco!

We left the city yesterday for our friend’s Villa perched high on a mountainside overlooking Puerto Vallarta.

I could feel my senses simultaneously relax and awaken as we left the hustle and bustle for the tranquility of the jungle green.

I love experiences that take me off the beaten path, up a winding road, unsure of what the journey holds, giddy and kid-like in the unfolding of a grand new adventure (even with GPS!).

                                                    “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.                                                                                                      But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.                                                                               There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” – Alan Cohen

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When our friend Dennise invited us to partake in the cutting of the Rosca de Reyes with her family, we knew it was due time that we come to understand firsthand the significance of this celebration of  and with our Mexican brothers and sisters.

Rosca de Reyes FUN!

Rosca de Reyes FUN!

In spite of my being a former Spanish teacher and us five-year permanent residents of Mexico, admittedly, we had never really participated in nor understood the true significance of the Three Kings’ Day and Rosca de Reyes celebration, until now.

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Needless to say, we had an amazing, fun-filled time with lots of laughter, cultural immersion, food, hot chocolate and good family fun.

I will let the following photos tell the rest of the story…

When a 15-minute drive out of the city takes you to this! Villas Sueños del Alma

When a 15-minute drive out of the city takes you to this! Villas Sueños del Alma

Getting my Rosca de Reyes Lesson!

Getting my Rosca de Reyes Lesson!

Celebrating Life and Friendship!

Celebrating life and friendship!

Here’s to following your heart’s desire, your path of truth and authentic living…

How have you celebrated or participated in the Three Kings’ Day or the cutting of The Rosca de Reyes?

We would love to hear about it in the comment’s section below!


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About the author: Together with my Retired Firefighter Husband and our now 18-year-old twins who were just 8 when we immigrated to Mexico in 2012, we have created a joyful life of design and freedom South of The Border. Welcome to Los O’Gradys in Mexico! Saludos, Katie 🇲🇽 ☘️

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  • MONNICA January 8, 2018, 11:52 am

    I love ritual and tradition, so thanks for that! I haven’t celebrated 3 kings day for so long because of no longer being catholic, or believing in a omnipotent being, but I still love festivities! I think it’s all about the rhythm of the planet, we have Solstice and whatever darkness we will have, so bring in the light! I have a (christmas) tree with the lights on until February 2, the traditional cross quarter holiday….and when the light seems to be really returning. love you! thanks for sharing!

    • Katie O'Grady January 8, 2018, 11:59 am

      Hi Monnica!
      Yes, we too love the aspect of ritual and tradtion..customs, culture, history, honoring one’s roots and celebrating them with family and friends.
      We would have loved to have kept our Christmas tree up much longer but the jungle warmth turned her brown in no time. 🙁
      Thanks for being a light in our lives.
      Much Love,
      Katie xx

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