“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?