Santa Claus has already returned to the North Pole to rest, but this doesn’t mean that the holiday season is over — at least not for the thousands of children in Latin America and several European countries, which celebrate the Three Kings’ Day, also called Feast of the Epiphany.

On January 6, 12 days after Christmas, Christians around the world celebrate the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus. Traditionally, children receive gifts on this day, brought by the three kings, BelchiorGaspar and Baltazar. Celebrated in some countries like Christmas, the day brings with it parades and pageants to mark the end of the winter holiday season.

Celebrations in Lithuania

According to an old legend based on a Bible story, these three kings saw, on the night when Christ was born, a bright star and followed it to Bethlehem, where they found the Christchild and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Each country that celebrates the Three Kings Day has its own traditions, either in the way they leave offers to the kings or how they gather on that precise day, with different rituals.

Epiphany in Poland

In Spain or Mexico the Dia de los Reyes, where you can eat the famous Rosca de Reyes (in France La Galette des Rois), in Italy La Festa dell’Epifania, where a good witch (La Befana) delivers sweets or charcoal to the children (in case they behave good or bad). Many people celebrate in the streets and wonderful allegoric parades take place, which are the delight of both children and adults.

It’s not all about the presents, is it? (even though everyone waits for one!). The important thing is, as in so many holiday occasions, to gather together and celebrate.

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Happy Epiphany’s day everyone. Have a SNUG one!!!

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