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Day of the Holy Kings in Mexico

Quick Facts

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

Local names

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

Alternative names

NameLanguage
Three Wise MenEnglish
EpifaníaSpanish

Day of the Holy Kings 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day of the Holy Kings 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

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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

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Day of the Holy Kings Observances

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SatJan 61990Day of the Holy KingsObservance
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MonJan 61992Day of the Holy KingsObservance
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SunJan 62013Day of the Holy KingsObservance
MonJan 62014Day of the Holy KingsObservance
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WedJan 62016Day of the Holy KingsObservance
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MonJan 62020Day of the Holy KingsObservance

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