What is Three Kings Day?

What is Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes), also known as Epiphany, is a Christian celebration that marks the official 12th day of Christmas and concludes the Christmas season. Epiphany means “manifestation” and commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child.

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According to the Biblical story, the Three Kings (also called wise men or magi)—named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar—followed the Star of Bethlehem to find the birthplace of Baby Jesus. They presented the baby with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The holiday is widely celebrated in the Hispanic community with traditions that include a Rosca de Reyes (“King’s Cake”) and gifts for children. Many consider this day more important than Christmas.