D'a de los Tres Reyes

D’a de los Tres Reyes

January 6
Throughout most of Latin America and Spain, Epiphany is called el Día de los Tres Reyes ( Three Kings Day or Day of the Wise Men ). It marks the end of the Christmas season that began on December 16 with Posadas. In Mexico, on the night of January 5 children stuff their shoes with hay and leave them out for the Wise Men to fill with sweets and gifts—much as children elsewhere leave their Christmas stockings out for Santa Claus to fill on Christmas Eve. And just as letters to Santa Claus are a popular custom in the United States, Mexican children often write letters to the Magi (the Three Wise Men), listing their good deeds and suggesting what gifts they would like to receive.
In Venezuela, children leave straw by their beds so that the Magi's camels will have something to eat. On the morning of January 6 they awake to find the straw gone and gifts delivered in its place.
See also Befana Festival and Twelfth Night
SOURCES:
BkFest-1937, p. 225
DictFolkMyth-1984, p. 346
EncyChristmas-2003, pp. 451, 489, 733
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 20
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