Artist Studio Project and El Centro Hispano De Durham invite you to celebrate Three Kings Day at the 3rd annual Holiday Chocolatada on Saturday, December 14th, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
El Centro Hispano is at 2000 Chapel Hill Rd #26A, Durham.
This is a free event that includes, food, a story, music, and a gift giving.
A “chocolatada” is a social event in which chocolate, (in this case hot chocolate) becomes the reason for the meeting. It is usually a festive meeting with a commemorative or celebration character. In this case Luisito celebrates Three Kings’ Day and his favorite drink is hot chocolate.
Lusito is a character in Rafael A. Osuba’s book, “Lusito Celebrates Three Kings Day,” which he will be reading as part of the festivities.
If you would like to contribute to the El Centro Hispano Toy Drive, you can drop off a gender neutral gift at either of the El Centro Hispano Locations, 2000 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, or 201 W. Weaver Street, Carrboro, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Here’s what’s going on at the Chocolatada:
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:
Enjoy hot chocolate from Cocoa Cinnamon, story time, churros, Rosca de Reyes, and songs. Bring your musical instruments to join in the fun.
Rosca de Reyes is translated as “ring of the kings,” and is traditionally eaten on Three Kings’ Day. It’s a round or oval pastry, and sometimes includes a figure of baby Jesus hidden in the bread.
Author Rafael A. Osuba reads “Lusito Celebrates Three Kings Day.”
Luisto loves going to Abuelita’s house because on cold days she prepares “leche con chocolate caliente”! He loves hot cocoa!
Especially the way his Abuelita makes it! She takes a block of hard bittersweet chocolate, she says it is “Comida de Los Dioses”, Food of the Gods.
Abuelita tells him that chocolate has wonderful powers, they break it up into little pieces, melt it, then add sugar and hot milk, sometimes cinnamon.
However, this day was even more special for this day they would prepare for the arrival of Los Tres Reyes Magos, the Three Wise Men.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Gift giving, Roscas de Reyes and Crafts. Bring a shoebox to decorate.