The Celebration of the Three Kings


Yasmin Duran Ortiz, Staff Writer

Santa Claus isn’t as favored in Mexico and many other Latin American countries, the Three Wise Men are. They are the transporters of gifts and leave presents near or in the shoes of small children. Christmas celebrations go on until Three Kings Day which occurs on January 6. A grand feast is held on this day to honor the occasion of Jesus’ baptism and to pay homage to the Three Wise Men. Many believe that events such as the appearance of the star in Bethlehem preceded Jesus’ birth. The star appeared in the evening sky just prior to the arrival of Jesus. According to, “Three wise men, or Magi as they were known, whose names were Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, traveled a far distance to pay homage to Christ. They brought with them fine gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh”. El Dia de Reyes remains an important holiday for catholics. On El Dia de Reyes, la Rosca de Reyes (King’s Cake), is a very symbolic holiday. According to the article, “Shaped in a circle to signify a king’s crown, this sweet bread holds a special surprise. Inside is a small plastic figurine representing the baby Jesus. Whoever finds this token is obligated to host an upcoming party for the occasion Dia de la Candelaria (Candlemas Day) which occurs each year on February 2”. Now let’s get into how different countries celebrate Three Kings Day. In France, celebrated on December 24, known as Noel, the occasion originates from the phrase ‘les bonnes nouvelles’ meaning ‘good news’, a yule log is burned from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. In Puerto Rico, known as Dia de los Reyes celebrated on January 6, children fill a box with freshly cut grass to place under their beds. A wish list is placed on top for the Three Wise Men to fulfill. In Poland, known as Święto Trzech Króli celebrated the Evening of the Epiphany, it’s a bountiful evening that ends with a grand feast – houses are marked with the year and the initials of the Three Wise men using incense and chalk. This day is also a public holiday in Poland. In England, known as the Twelfth Night celebrated on January 6, it is a time for cake, wassailing, and practical jokes. Lastly, In Ireland, known as Women’s Christmas celebrated on January 6, women get some well-deserved rest and relaxation after all the hard work and cooking of the Christmas season. As you can see, Three Kings Day is a very popular holiday around the world.