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January 6, 2012 is Three Kings Day

Posted by on Jan. 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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January 6, 2012 is

Three Kings Day

Today is Three Kings Day! Three Kings Day (or The Epiphany) is a Christian holiday that commemorates the biblical story of the three kings—Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar. The three kings (also known as the Wise Men or Magi) followed the bright star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child.

In Latin America, children dress up in king costumes and go door to door in their neighborhoods singing carols in the days leading up to Three Kings Day. In Argentina, sweet wine, fruit, and milk are left outside for the three kings and their camels to enjoy. In France, people eat galette des Rois, or "king cake," which has a trinket or bean hidden inside of it. The person who receives the piece of cake with the trinket becomes the "king" for the day!

Three Kings Day always falls at the end of Christmastide—also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas! Happy Three Kings Day!

by on Jan. 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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splatz
by Sarah on Jan. 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM
I love the info about how they celebrate it in other countries. I always find those type of things interesting!
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goddess99
by Michelle on Jan. 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

interesting thank you

tiaconnie
by on Jan. 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM
I love it Thanks! I'm on my way to get my "king cake" for the family!!

We're celebrating 2night w/family and friends :))
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