Brief history on El Dia De Los Reyes (The Three Kings Day):
The twelve days of Christmas end with the Feast of Epiphany also called “The Adoration of the Magi” or “The Manifestation of God.” Celebrated on January 6, it is known as the day of the Three Kings (or wise men/magi): Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. According to an old legend based on a Bible story, these three kings saw, on the night when Christ was born, a bright star, followed it to Bethlehem and found there the Christ child and presented it with gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Is that even possible — A Latina not celebrating El Dia De Los Reyes (The Three Kings Day)? To tell you the truth, I found out about Three Kings Day when I was in 5th grade. Since my family never celebrated Three Kings Day, I came to find out about it from a close friend at school. She mentioned to me how she decorated a basket with grass and the next day she woke up to candy and gifts found underneath her bed.
I was puzzled because I had no idea as to what she was talking about. She then proceeded to tell me about the Three Kings Day and I just felt like I was missing out on the best thing ever. So later that day I asked my parents about it and they both said that it was just a fairy tale, which no one would ever come to our apartment bearing gifts and candy after Santa’s visit. And so I believed it. I was disappointed but I got over it.
So now that I’m an adult, I think back and wonder why in the world would my parents tell me it was just an old fairy tale and just start celebrating something new with my sister and me? Needless to say, we never celebrated Three Kings Day and a year later, my parents got divorced.
So, since I never celebrated Dia De Los Reyes when I was a child, I don’t celebrate it at all with my kids.
Do you celebrate El Dia De Los Reyes with your children? If so, please share it in a comment. I would LOVE to know what you do.