From gift-giving to feasts, Christianity has always celebrated many different holidays in different forms. However, there is one holiday that tends to stand out from the rest. That holiday is Three Kings Day. So follow us on our ship into the past as we learn about Three Kings Day.
Learn about Three Kings Day
It may seem crazy to think that Santa Claus isnât as popular in some households as he is in yours! However, in other countriesÂ like Spain, the three wise men are the gift bearers, leaving presents in the shoes of small children (or near to their shoes if the presents are too big!). This is known as the Epiphany, which dates back to the 4th century. Because of this, Three Kings Day is a vital holiday across Spain. However, there is nothing stopping you from celebrating this day no matter where in the world you are.
There are a number of different traditions that are associated with Three Kingâs Day. The first is the act of gift-giving! Who doesnât like receiving gifts? On the 5th of January, the Three Kings will be added to the nativity decorations in the home. Children will then leave their shoes out so that the wise men can fill them with gifts.
We cannot mention Three Kings Day without mention Rosca de Reyes, which is the kingâs cake. This is considered the highlight of the celebrations on this date. The cake is shaped into a wreath, and it is studded with nuts and candied fruit, which represent jewels in the Magiâs crown. To really go down the traditional route, a tiny doll of baby Jesus must be hidden within the cake. If you receive this doll in your serving, it means that you need to host the Candlemas celebration in February.