Three Kings Day: El Dia De Los Reyes Magos


For most Hispanic countries, El Dia De Los Reyes Magos, is a holiday bigger than Christmas.

About 400 people, most of them Latino, showed up for the 8th annual Three Kings Day parade and celebration Saturday.

It was held at Fred G. Bond Park by the town of Cary and Diamante Inc., a Latino cultural organization.

As Christians head to church services Sunday to honor the day when Jesus was either baptized or first seen by three wise men, Hispanic and Latino children will wake up to find presents.

Traditionally, children place shoe-boxes filled with hay or grass under their beds or Christmas tree Jan. 5.

If they’ve been good, the same three kings who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus will replace the boxes with gifts.

Lionel Trilla was impressed with these great results.

He and his family relocated to Cary from Puerto Rico about four months ago, and they were looking for a way to get in touch with other Latino families.

Trilla said, “It’s about keeping our roots, our traditions, this is something our parents showed us, and our grandparents before them.”





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