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.

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&39;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&39;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.