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On the 6th January in many countries around the world, people celebrate what in Spanish is called "la Bajada de los Reyes" which represents the arrival of the three Magi in Bethlehem to give their gifts to Jesus. La Bajada de los Reyes also signifies the time when the nativity is disassembled and wrapped up for the following year.
Peruvian nativities are truly beautiful and singular as they not only represent the religious devotion but also the cultural diversity of each region of the country. During the last decade these handicrafts have become so popular that they have been exported worldwide. As celebrations vary from region to region, also the way to represent the nativity varies from region to region as they are elaborated by native artisans who demonstrate their art with different materials like ceramic, marble, cane and textile.
Given that Italian Christmas lunches are famous for being slightly longer than the average, you should know that when pudding time arrives, a second round of feasting starts again. Italian Christmas desserts vary from region to region but there are some that are popular on the entire peninsula and also worldwide. Let's catwalk the most popular together.
It's the most popular Italian Christmas export, as much a symbol of Christmas for Italians as the tree and the nativity. The sweet bread loaf from Milan has a cupola shape and is quite high. The original recipe has flour, eggs, butter, raisins, sugar, candied orange and citron, lemon peel and vanilla extract. During the years many varieties have been invented with different variants of cream and chocolate. Still the classic version remains the most popular.
Traditionally from the area of Verona, the pandoro is as popular as the panettone during Christmas festivity. It has a golden colour and from this is name Pan d'oro, meaning "Golden Bread". It is shaped like a 8 pointed-star and before serving is dusted with icing sugar and vanilla so to resemble to the Italian Alps. Try to cut it horizontally and turn the disks to create a Christmas tree like in the picture.
When our virtual Christmas cookies were ready to be sent out to family and friends, we asked our friends at SORTED to share their favourite gingerbread cookie recipe with us! Click here to watch the video. It does not seem hard at all, don't you think? And the best of all, you will have the wonderful aroma of gingerbread in your festively decorated house. If you manage to not eat your gingerbread men right away, you might want to decorate your Christmas tree with your baked creations? In any case, do not forget to to share a Rosetta Stone cookie or tweet one: You can send them around to family and friends with wishes in 10 different languages!
Did you know that Gingerbread has also a long tradition in Germany? It is called "Lebkuchen" or "Pfefferbrot" (= pepper bread) there. This goes back to medieval times when exotic spices generally were summarised as "pepper". In fact, also the English and French names "gingerbread" and "pain d'épices" make us remember the importance of oriental ingredients during that time. The city of Nürnberg (Nuremberg) is the centre of the original "Lebkuchen" in Germany. The existence of first "Lebkuchen" dates back to the 15th century, when king Friedrich III. invited the children in town to his castle where he distributed gingerbread among them.
Innate like a belly button on your belly, stereotypes between countries and their typical food have been stuck in the minds of foreigners, pigeon-holing people for centuries. No wonder that everybody believes we Italians eat pasta every day as much as Japanese people eat sushi. Sorry to disappoint people…but it doesn't work like that…at least not anymore, not for everybody! Italians often swap pasta with rice or a simple sandwich at lunch and sushi in Japan is usually prepared at home for special occasions like birthday parties or New Year's Day when all the family has it upon return from the temple. Convinced that food stereotypes are still alive worldwide, Paris-based photographer Icher Jonathan took inspiration from it for his new series Fat Flag, picturing people painted with their country flag eating the representative food of their country. Those with a creative angle seem to be the most popular ones…let's hope there will be a second series with more countries and food to explore!