Jan 5, 2009

Three Kings Day


When I was a girl, we lived in Puerto Rico for three years and I remember how excited my friends were about Three Kings Day. Dia de los Tres Reyes is is also known as The Epiphany and is the last of the 12 days of Christmas. It is observed on January 6th by Hispanic cultures.

Children in Puerto Rico put out boxes of straw at the foot of their beds, for the kings horses or camels to eat. They leave their shoes out as well to be filled with treats or toys. Parents remove the straw and leave the treats (kind of like Santa's cookies).

Three Kings Days was anticipated more than Santa and the celebrations included strolling musicians singing traditional songs and fabulous food! I remember the Three Kings Sweet Bread made with dried fruit. We ate it for breakfast or dessert.

I imagine many Spanish/American families will be celebrating Three Kings Day in their homes this year. I feel it's so important for children to learn about the different cultures in the world. You can read more about it at Three Kings Day or El Boricua.

2 comments:

Duni said...

We celebrate this holiday in Germany too!
That's why the schools only start on the 7th.

Greetings from Germany

Duni

Nodin's Nest said...

Duni: Well then, Happy Three Kings Day to you!

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