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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Baby Jesus Figurines

In some Christian traditions around the world, the Feast of Epiphany, also known as Three Kings' Day, is celebrated on January 6th with a king cake (galette des rois in French or rosca de reyes in Spanish). The cake is baked in the shape of a circle to represent the crowns worn by the three kings and a small Jesus figurine is baked inside. Depending on the tradition being celebrated, the person who finds the figure will be rewarded with a year of good luck, or could mean they are responsible for making tamales for the Day of Candles celebrated on February 2nd, a common tradition in Spain and Latin America. 

This particular example features ten 1 3/4" tan figurines colored tan. 
circa 2019
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Museum Purchase

Discovery Kit: Holiday Traditions (December 9 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.