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Dia de los Reyes ~ Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day
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on 4 April 2011

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Transcript of Dia de los Reyes ~ Three Kings Day

The feast of the Three Kings, also known as the Epiphany, takes place every year on January 6th ~ 12 days after Christmas.

Three Kings Day is an intricate part of Puerto Rican folklore and in Puerto Rico, it is also an official holiday.

Three Kings Day is not only celebrated in PR, but is a major Spanish holiday and is observed in many Latino cultures worldwide including Spain, Mexico, and many more! Parades in celebration of the 3 Kings can be found worldwide and take place each year throughout the US.

Over 5,000 attended this years parade in NYC , and over 500,000, including major celebrities, typically attend the Three Kings parade in Miami.


Dia de los Reyes This Latino holiday commemorates the day when the Three Wise Men went and followed the star to Bethlehem and found Jesus on the manger. On this day, Los Tres Reyes (The Three Kings) gave three specific gifts to Baby Jesus: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Puerto Rico does celebrate Christmas, but unlike most European countries, their festivities don’t end on December 25. Instead, the parties continue almost non-stop all the way until January 6th- when Three Kings Day draws the festivities to a close.

This holiday is especially exciting for todos los niños because on the eve of Three Kings Day, they recieve gifts! It is tradition and belief that on this January 5th, the 3 Kings will visit every good behaving child to deliver them gifts. Tradition states that on the Eve of the Epiphany children collect cookies, hay, straw or grass and place it in boxes or containers under their beds, or by their shoes.

This traditional gesture, much like Americans leaving milk for Santa, is a gift of food for the Kings' Horses/Camels (there are no camels in PR, so they usually visualize horses for this ritual) while they rest in between deliveries.

If the kids have been "good" throughout the prior year, they will wake up to candies and gifts... much like our conceptions of being "naughty or nice" in order to receive gifts from santa clause. The Three Kings eve tradition is much older than that of Santa's visit on Christmas Eve. Las fiestas...
La Comida...

Because Three Kings Day is celebrated in so many countries, there is no set formula or required recipes for preparing a traditional meal with the exception of the Rosca or King cake.



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