3 Kings Day History?

Histroy of Three Kings Day in latin america and spain?
Me and my partners for a school project were assigned to do a project on the History of Three Kings Day latin america and spain.
It's a big holiday they call it "Los Reyes Magos", anyway, how did the 3 Kings Day come to be? What is the history of the 3 Kings Day?

asked by Board in Holidays | 3555 views | 01-06-2010 at 02:48 PM

Nativity scenes usually depict three kings with their camels, arriving at a stable where the babe Jesus is lying in a manger. The splendidly dressed visitors are commonly called the three wise men.


In ancient times there were many who studied the stars to tell of future events. They were known as astrologers and were highly regarded for their skills. When the stars foretold of the birth of a great king there was a set of kings who set off to offer gifts to the king. These Kings came to King Herod and told him that they were going to honor the newly born king. As the record goes, the King Herod was very jealous and wished to destroy the Jesus. King Herod told the Magi to go and find the baby Jesus and to return to him and let him know where he might also go and pay tribute to the King.

When the magi came to where the child was, no age is stated; they laid before him Frankincense, myrrh and gold. When they had finished paying tribute to the newly born king, they departed. On their return journey and angel appeared to them and told them of King Herod’s plot to kill Jesus and advised them to not go and see him again. Taking the advice of the angel, the magi turned away from Bethlehem and returned home.

The twelve days of Christmas end with the Feast of Epiphany also called "The Adoration of the Magi" or "The Manifestation of God." Celebrated on January 6, it is known as the day of the Three Kings (or wise men/magi): Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. According to an old legend based on a Bible story, these three kings saw, on the night when Christ was born, a bright star, followed it to Bethlehem and found there the Christchild.

January 6, the last day of Christmas, comes with its own traditions, rituals and symbols. Carolers are going from house to house; in many homes the Christmas tree is taken down and in some areas is burnt in a big bonfire. For the children this is an especially joyous occasion because, associated with taking down the tree goes the "plündern" (raiding) of the tree. The sweets, chocolate ornaments wrapped in foil or cookies, which have replaced the sugar plums, are the raiders' rewards.

This Holiday is known to many other Catholics as the Epiphany and is celebrated with a special mass at church. In following with the faith of the Catholic Church, Hispanic Catholics go to mass and celebrate that day with a dinner prepared in celebration. In some Hispanic traditions, they also have that day a King Cake, which is a cake in which is hidden a plastic baby. The lucky one to get the baby Jesus is named the God Parent of the Statue from the Nativity until the following year. They are to prepare and outfit for the baby and to present the statue for baptism at the Catholic Church on the day of Los Calendarios. This is the last day of Christmas and the day in which all decorations are put away until the following Christmas season.

answered by Carla | 01-06-2010 at 03:18 PM

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