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Three Kings Day & La Rosca de Reyes (Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco)!

Leaving the city 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 childlike 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

Three Kings Day & La Rosca de Reyes

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.

Three Kings Day & La Rosca de Reyes (Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco)!

In spite of my being a former Spanish teacher and us 5-year permanent residents of Mexico at the time, admittedly, we had never participated in nor really understood the true significance of Three Kings’ DayLa Rosca de Reyes Celebration.

Suffice it to say, we had an amazing, fun-filled time filled with laughter, cultural immersion, yummy food, hot chocolate and good ol’ family fun!

Villa Sueños del Alma

Villa Sueños del Alma is a magical little spot perched on a hillside overlooking Puerto Vallarta in all of her beauty, and is available as a vacation rental. 

Three Kings Day & La Rosca de Reyes (Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco)!

La Rosca de Reyes Lessons

I am forever grateful for sweet friends who took the care and patience to teach me the proper cutting of La Rosca de Reyes. With my sense of humor intact and a bit of trepidation to “do it right”, I got through this important job with flying colors! 

The joy of this evening was only further enhanced by this quintessential Vallarta sunset, kissing the edges of the Pacific Blue. 

Three Kings Day & La Rosca de Reyes (Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco)!

How have you ever celebrated Three Kings Day & La Rosca de Reyes? If so, I would love to hear about it in the comment’s section below!

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


~Katie  *deja a tu alma cantar*




About the author: Together with my Retired Firefighter Husband and our now 19-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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