Los Reyes Magos - all about the three Kings in Mexico
Los Reyes Magos (the three kings) is a deeply rooted Catholic tradition that is celebrated in Mexico, as well as most of the Spanish speaking countries of Latin America. Los Reyes Magos come on the 6th of January to bring gifts to children, and they leave them in their shoes. This is to celebrate the Epiphany, the three kings that followed the start to Bethlehem, in search of the savior of the world. The actual celebration is more for kids. A few days before, they will write letters to the Reyes Magos with all their wishes. They then add the three kings to the nativity scene that is on display in the house. On the 6th, they tie the letter to a helium balloon and let it go, so that the Reyes Magos will receive their wishes. They then put their old shoes by the front door, and by morning, the Reyes Magos will have visited and left them gifts in their shoes. At most malls, there are places and scenes set up for the kids to get their picture taken with them.
Los Reyes Magos Day is celebrated by leaving out milk and cookies and other small gifts for them for when they pass through to leave the children's presents. After the kids get their presents, they then dive right into the Rosca de Reyes. It reminded me a lot of King Cake at Mardi Gras. There are baby Jesus inside, and whoever gets a piece with the baby Jesus has to make a party with tamales on the 2nd of February, or Candelaria, candle mass day.