The Feast of the Three Kings also known as the Epiphany
takes place every year on January 6th. It is an intricate part
of Puerto Rican folklore. Traditionally, this day is very
important, especially for children, for it is on
this eve that they will receive their gifts.
On the feast of the Epiphany, the Three kings visited
the newly born Christ Child in Bethlehem
bearing him gifts.
This tradition is repeated and reflected in present
day with the belief that on this eve
the 3 Kings will visit every good child to deliver them gifts.
Tradition states that on the Eve of the Epiphany children
collect hay, straw or grass and
place it in boxes or containers under their beds.
This gesture is a gift of food for the Kings' Horses
while they rest in between deliveries. Note:(we have no Camels in PR).
If a child is good for the past year he will receive
candies, sweets or toys. If the child was misbehaved
or naughty he would instead find a lump of dirt or charcoal
in his box. This tradition is much older than that of Santa's
visit on Christmas Eve.
Los Reyes Magos" you can order the poster of the above work in the Reyes Magos section of the gallery.
Below are some photos of an actual Dia de los Reyes Parranda that was held in Collores a Barrio of Humacao in the North east of Puerto Rico
Parranda (Puerto Rican Christmas Carols) for Three Kings Day with Los Tios in Collores, Humacao, Puerto Rico
Los Tios arrive
Singing in the Kitchen...getting closer to the food and drink!
Visiting the Cousin's House
Feliz Dia de los Reyes, January 6th, 2001, Barrio Collores,Humacao, PR.