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.
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.
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.
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Day of the Holy Kings Observances
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Quick FactsThe 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 2015Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Day of the Holy Kings 2016Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Name in other languages
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Other holidays in January 2016 in Mexico
- New Year's Day – Friday, January 1, 2016