Tembleque, a part of the celebration of Three Kings' Day, is typically garnished with coconut and cinnamon.

Tembleque, a part of the celebration of Three Kings’ Day, is typically garnished with coconut and cinnamon.

Tembleque (Three Kings’ Day)

Two cultures. One holiday. Kiara Malloy-Salgado ’21 has had an upbringing allowing her to celebrate a single holiday in two different countries.

Having lived in France for a short period but also possessing a deep Puerto Rican family history, Malloy-Salgado says that each country was special in its observance of Three Kings’ Day. The holiday’s celebration resembles the gift-giving aspect of Christmas as it commemorates the Three Wise Men visiting and giving gifts to Jesus Christ.

“In France, it’s much more low key, … and then in Puerto Rico, it’s like you get every corner of the family together,” Malloy-Salgado said.

Malloy-Salgado claims her mother’s tembleque is her favorite and describes it as “coconut kind of jello-ey thing that you put some cinnamon on the top.”

For Malloy-Salgado, the holiday holds cultural and familiar importance.

“Honestly, it’s just like my connection back to Puerto Rico,” Malloy-Salgado said.

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