¡Feliz Día de los Tres Reyes Magos! (Happy Three Kings Day!)

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Happy Three Kings Day! Find out what Three Kings Day is and how it is celebrated here…

How the holiday works:

The night before, the kids put shoeboxes filled with grass under their beds. The idea is that the 3 kings who came to visit the baby Jesus will stop by to feed their camels and then leave them presents!

About Three Kings Day:

Three Kings Day, or El Dia de los Reyes Magos, celebrates the biblical story of the three kings who saw a star appear in the sky on Christmas Day and followed that beacon to Bethlehem, where they found newborn Jesus.

The Three Kings were said to have taken 12 days to complete their journey, and they arrived with gifts. In the days before Santa Claus became the seasonal standard, that period was celebrated as the 12 days of Christmas. And in many cultures, traditional gift giving took place on Jan. 6, Epiphany, the day that the baby Jesus received his gifts from the Three Kings.

Three Kings Day arrived in Puerto Rico with Columbus in 1493 and was a primary winter celebration for four centuries, until the United States seized the island in 1898 as a spoil of the Spanish-American War.

The celebration hung on for decades after the takeover but began losing ground to the Germanic fat man in the 1960s, when imported evergreen trees flocked with fake snow started showing up in local markets.

Read more about Three Kings Day: sfgate.com



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