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Our First Three Kings Day/ Dia De Los Reyes

January 5, 2011 2 Comments »

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Los Reyes arrive before dawn on January 6th. For centuries Puerto Rican children have celebrated Los Reyes in the same manner as their grandparents did when they were children. January 6 is called Epiphany and is traditionally the day in which the Magi arrived bearing gifts for the Christ child. Even to this day in Hispanic countries throughout the world, January 6 is the day that children receive their Christmas gifts, in commemoration of the Magi’s visit. ” – El Boricua

As I rewind the hands of time, I turn back to when I was about 4 years old.  It was a cool January morning in my house in Puerto Rico.  My mami and papi would decorate a small cardboard box at the foot of my bed and fill it with straw and grass and lots of little gifts to celebrate Dia De Los Tres Reyes Magos/ Three Kings Day.

It meant a lot to me then because I got really cool stuff but it means so much more to me now as an adult. A tradition that slowly faded with each coming Christmas or New Years Eve party.  But not anymore!

Thankfully, my other half is very open-minded and respects and loves my culture, my first language, and my beliefs. (And the clear fact that I don’t see him complaining while he devours mi arroz con abichuelas y pollo guisado/ My rice and beans with stewed chicken. Hahaha)

We will officially introduce my little girl to Dia De Los Tres Reyes Magos/ Three Kings Day this evening as we celebrate it for the first time.

What a morning to look forward to indeed!

Happy Three Kings Day!

What traditions have you brought back to life in your home?



2 Comments

  1. Lisa January 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    That is wonderful Raquel. Maybe I should do something next Xmas. What do you think?

    • Rachel January 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Yes girl! Its a nice tradition and its not the usual you know, its extra special ;) And what kid doesn’t like little surprises? :)

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