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Three Kings’ Day Celebration

Susie Pena, Staff Reporter

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‘El Dia de Reyes’ or Three Kings’ Day is a holiday that represents the height of the Christmas season and is celebrated on January 6. This day celebrates The Three Kings who traveled far to bring gifts to baby Jesus.

Children in Mexico look forward to this holiday because traditionally, they are given gifts on this day and not on Christmas. There are other Latin American countries that celebrate The Three Kings and not Santa Clause like the U.S. The children in Mexico know of The Three Kings who leave gifts near or in their shoes.

The most iconic tradition associated with Three Kings Day is the customary eating of a Rosca de Reyes, a sweet bread shaped like a wreath, with candied fruit on top, and a figurine of a baby Jesus baked inside. The person who finds the figurine is expected to host a party on Día de la Candelaria, celebrated on February 2nd.

In the United States, the tradition of Three Kings’ Day is also celebrated. Hispanic bakeries typically sell hundreds of Rosca de Reyes during the day, and children wait for their second gift of the holiday season.

 

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