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There are Coconuts at the Bottom of our Garden

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Here in the tropics it's always summer and at the moment the self-decorating Christmas trees are loaded with all manner of colourful bling. From the giant globes on the coconut tree in 'our' garden ...
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....to the brilliant orange and green baubles on the citrus trees, and the masses of confetti on the bougainvillea bushes...
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While Christmas may be over for us, one of the biggest annual events is yet to come in Mexico. Tomorrow, January 6th, is el Dia de Reyes, (Epiphany), when Mexican kids get even more presents and everyone drinks hot chocolate and eats a special cake called Rosca de Reyes...
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The bakeries are overloaded with roscas today and supermarkets will stay open until after midnight in the hope of clearing their mountains of this sweet cake. Roscas de Reyes represent the Three Kings' wreaths. Each contains at least one small plastic baby Jesus that, miraculously, doesn't melt during baking. Lucky is the child who gets a mouthful of Jesus and doesn't choke to death on it.

El Día de Reyes, (Twelfth Night), is when Christians commemorate the arrival of the Magi or "Wise Men" bearing gifts for Jesus. In Mexico, children receive gifts on this day, brought by the three kings. Therefore, any parent whose kid is still miffed about Santa's Christmas presents, gets a second chance, and the toy stores and card shops get another kick at the can without having to slash prices. It's very surprising that American stores haven't caught on to this.

On the night of January 5th, the figures of the 'Kings' are placed in the nativity scene and we wondered if anyone noticed that someone had slaughtered the ox in this scene on the beach in Playa del Carmen....
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The beaches of Playa del Carmen are holiday central for snowbirds fleeing the wintry weather in Canada and the Northern U.S., but sunseekers come here from far and wide at this time of the year. With temperatures in the high twenties every day and a good chance of sunshine this is a great place to get a tan...
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Unfortunately, persistent strong winds have kept many people out of the surf for the past week but there's plenty to keep holidaymakers entertained....
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These daredevils taking part in the traditional Danza de los Voladores, ( The Dance of the Flyers), are waiting for the right moment to throw themselves backwards off their perch a hundred feet high and spiral to earth, headfirst.

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For the less adventurous, Playa del Carmen has more than its share of restaurants, bars, casinos and night clubs, and there are enough trinket stalls to overload any home-going tourist's carry-on. Who wouldn't want to take home a giant Mexican sombrero for grandpa?
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Feliz el dia de Reyes.

Posted by Hawkson 12:42 Archived in Mexico

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I wonder where the perch fallers' tradition started? It's a curious ritual.

by Janet

Wish I knew where to get one of the King's Cakes in Vancouver. I think I actually saw one once. Beautiful sunshine, I dream of it. Grey is the colour of the day. Lovely to see the sunshine.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Those daredevils have placed a lot of trust in whoever wound that rope. Any glitch and all wouldn't have been so symmetrical.

by R and B

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