How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

American snapshot: Lawndale

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

The window of the El Molino Real bakery in Lawndale, Calif., January 3, 2011

For those who think the holidays are over, they aren't. The oval-shaped confection on the poster in the window of this bakery in Lawndale is a Rosca de Reyes, a ring-like cake with a toy baby Jesus baked into it (yes, weird) topped with dried fruit and powdered sugar. Bakeries in Latino neighborhoods around town are advertising and selling them like crazy this week in anticipation of  El Dia de los Reyes Magos this Friday.

Reyes, otherwise known as Three Kings Day and the Christian holiday of Epiphany, is yet another holiday in this season of many, imported from Latin America and observed throughout Latino America. M-A will have more on the benefits of Reyes (more presents, for one) this week.

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