Three Kings’ Day

Three Kings’ Day is a popular holiday throughout Hispanic cultures and much of the world.  Día de los Reyes and Día de los Tres Reyes Magos are two names for the celebration. 

While the celebration may vary amongst cultures, one commonality amongst children who celebrate is that they await the arrival of the three kings who bring them gifts, similar to figures such as Santa Claus in the United States.

Traditions vary from country to country; however, here are a few common traditions.

Rosca de Reyes. Sweet bread traditionally baked to look like a king’s crown hides the figurine of Baby Jesus.  The person who gets the baby is then required to host another celebration in February for Candlemass.

Grass for Camels. Many families leave grass in small boxes for the Three Kings’ camels.  This tradition is similar to leaving milk and cookies for Santa.  The camels may then be “messy” in their eating and leave a trail to children’s gifts.

Parades. Many communities host parades to celebrate Three Kings Day.  These parades not only take place abroad but also throughout the United States.

Find out if any of your students celebrate Three Kings’ Day and ask them to share their celebration with you. For those who don’t, this is an incredible opportunity to learn about customs other than their own.

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