Three Kings Day


Angel Martinez

The story of The Three Kings is a story of three wise men, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar traveling to bring Christ fine gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

This day is mainly celebrated in Spain and Latin America. In Spanish, it’s called ‘El Día de Los Reyes’, which translates to The Day of the Kings. In Mexico, children leave their shoes outside at night and in the morning they collect their gifts from the 3 wise men. A grand feast is held to honor Jesus’ birth.

The Alfresco Feast is a traditional Three Kings Day meal that consists of a starter of a soup or salad and a main course of picadillo meat with rice and beans. Yucca is also featured, with foods like nopales(cactus), plantains, and slow-cooked meat sautéed with onion, garlic, and herbs. Over 200,000 people gather every year, to share the traditional mile-long cake called Rosca de Reyes. The cake is shaped into a wreath and is topped with candied fruits and nuts to represent the jewels in the Magi’s crowns. There is a tiny baby Jesus doll is hidden within the cake and whoever receives the slice with the doll must host February’s Candlemas celebration.

In the capital of the Czech Republic, they celebrate by holding a Three Kings Day swim, where people wear crowns and jump into the cold Vltava River. Following the swim, they drink mulled wine and eat carp, potato salad, and cookies. Most Epiphany customs consist of traditional singing, chalking doors, and blessing homes. 

This heartfelt Hispanic holiday brings people together to celebrate and honor the story of The Three Kings.