January 6th is Three Kings Day, an annual holiday celebrated in Latin America. History says  this day was invented to honor the three kings who met and offered gifts to baby Jesus. This day has great meaning and significance for many people in Latin America and Caribbean countries.

How is this day celebrated?

There are various ways that Latinos celebrate this day. Namely, in countries like Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay kids leave grass and water out for the camels of the Three Kings, and the next morning they wake up to presents. In Venezuela, treats are left for children in their shoes instead of stockings. 


An article entitled Three Kings tied to shoes, not stocking explains this tradition states “We celebrate Three Kings Day, Dia de Los Reyes Lagos, by giving three presents, one from every king. At night, we put our shoes in front of the door before we go to sleep. In the morning, we find treats inside the shoes.”

In Colombia, a parade is held every year to celebrate this day, members of the communities in the towns come together and enjoy the festivities.

What kind of Food is made?

Food is an important aspect of any holiday in the Latino community. Everyone is sitting around the table eating a delicious meal and enjoying each other’s company. For dinner a popular meal is picadillo meat with a side of either rice and beans or corn and beans. Then for dessert, some families make a Three Kings Day Cake (Rosca de Reyes) or Churro Doughnuts, Alfajores, and Buñuelos

Although Christmas and New Years have ended, it does not mean the holiday spirit needs to end. The purpose of this holiday is more than just another day to spend money on gifts or spend hours in the kitchen cooking a meal. It is an opportunity to enjoy yourself with your family before everyone returns to work and school.

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Madison-Taylor Hernandez
Madison-Taylor is a Senior Writer at TodoWafi. She grew up in a Puerto Rican family and is passionate about the culture, music/arts, and literature of the Latin Community. Her hopes for the future are to work for a book publishing company and achieve her dream of bringing stories to life.