What is Three Kings Day ?
January the 6th is a special day in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries. Known as 'El Dia de Reyes' (Three Kings Day), this holiday represents the height of the Christmas season. The children of Mexico in particular look forward to this holiday as traditionally, gifts are exchanged on this date, not on Christmas day.
In Mexico and many other Latin American countries it is The Three Kings who leave presents in or near the shoes of small children. They also come through town in a parade , that everyone attends on the night before Three Kings Day. It is a holiday for all to enjoy with a lighthearted look back at the joy of being a child and receiving presents on a favorite holiday.
Los Tres Reyes Magos
In addition to gifts for the children there is a 'Rosca de Reyes' (King's Cake) for everyone. It is shaped in a round to like a king's crown,and baked inside is a small ceramic figurine. Whoever finds this token will host the next party on Dia de la Candelaria' (Candlemas Day) on February 2nd.
Rosca de Reyes
Another tradition celebrated on Three Kings Day is eating the evening meal. Traditionally, the supper on this night consists of delicious corn tamales and hot chocolate. This meal marks the end to a perfect celebration of Three Kings Day for children and adults alike.