Mexicans feast on 1,4km cake

People gather at the Zocalo square in Mexico City to get a piece of traditional 'Rosca de Reyes' (kings' cake) on Epiphany's eve on January 5, 2018. Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP

MEXICO CITY - Some 250,000 people turned out to the main plaza in Mexico City to devour an enormous brioche-style king cake, known as "Rosca de Reyes", as part of the traditional Three Kings Day celebration. 

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More than 2,140 bakers helped make the rosca - which measured 1.44 kilometres and weighed 9.375 tons - for the city's annual Epiphany eve feast.

"This rosca is so delicious!" exclaimed Dolores Rodriguez, who at 84 years old was attending the party for the first time.

Mexico City's government emphasised that this year a portion of the delicacy - traditionally adorned with candied fruits - was made without sugar, so people avoiding sweets could still partake.

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The Epiphany on January 6 is the day on which Christians believe the Three Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the baby Jesus.

A baby Jesus figurine is hidden in the cake and the person who finds it must make tamales, corn dumplings, on 2 February, the Day of the Candles, for those who ate a piece.


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