Happy Three Kings Day! Families Celebrate Across U.S. – NBC News

three Kings Day on January 6th is widely celebrated in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean, and for many U.S. Latinos, it is still a venerated tradition. The holiday comes from the traditional Christian feast day of Epiphany, when the Three Wise Men brought gifts to the baby Jesus in recognition of his divine nature, according to the Biblical nativity story.

For many Hispanics, el Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos is more symbolic of Christmas – with its biblical story involving the baby Jesus – than Santa Claus. But just like Santa, children wake up January 6th to presents and sometimes candy left by the three Wise Men Gaspar, Melchor andBaltasar.

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