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Day of the Holy Kings in Mexico

Epiphany, also known as the Day of Holy Kings (Día de los Santos Reyes), is celebrated on January 6 in remembrance of the biblical story of the three kings’ visit to Jesus.

Image of the Nativity scene, 3 wise men adoring baby Jesus.
Christians believe that 3 kings or wise men visited Jesus as a child.
Christians believe that 3 kings or wise men visited Jesus as a child.
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Celebrate the Day of the Holy Kings

In addition to getting presents from baby Jesus on Christmas Eve, Mexican children receive gifts from the three wise kings (Reyes Magos) on January 6. Streets in major cities are packed with food stalls, gifts, and outdoor parties. It is also customary to eat Rosca de Reyes, which is a wreath-shaped fruity bread baked with a figure of baby Jesus inside.

Public Life

The Day of the Holy Kings is a religious observance and not a federal public holiday in Mexico. Access to streets in some cities and towns may be difficult for vehicles due to Epiphany related festivities on January 6.

About the Day of the Holy Kings

Christians believe that three kings (or wise men) – Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar – visited the child Jesus and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This Epiphany story is celebrated in churches across Mexico and worldwide.

Did You Know?

The person who finds the figurine of baby Jesus inside his or her share of the sweet bread, Rosca de Reyes, symbolically “becomes” Jesus’ godparent.

About Day of the Holy Kings in other countries

Read more about Day of the Holy Kings.

Day of the Holy Kings Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
WedJan 62010Day of the Holy KingsObservance
ThuJan 62011Day of the Holy KingsObservance
FriJan 62012Day of the Holy KingsObservance
SunJan 62013Day of the Holy KingsObservance
MonJan 62014Day of the Holy KingsObservance
TueJan 62015Day of the Holy KingsObservance
WedJan 62016Day of the Holy KingsObservance
FriJan 62017Day of the Holy KingsObservance
SatJan 62018Day of the Holy KingsObservance
SunJan 62019Day of the Holy KingsObservance
MonJan 62020Day of the Holy KingsObservance

Quick Facts

The Day of the Holy Kings is a Christian celebration when children in Mexico receive gifts from the three wise men.

Day of the Holy Kings 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Day of the Holy Kings 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Day of the Holy KingsEnglish
Día de los Santos ReyesSpanish
DreikönigstagGerman

Alternative names

NameLanguage
Three Wise MenEnglish
EpifaníaSpanish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in January 2017 in Mexico

Fun Holiday on January 6, 2017

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