While Christian Americans enjoy a big holiday celebration on Christmas Day, Christians in Mexico have their celebration on Three Kings Day or El Dia de los Reyes. This holiday is celebrated twelve days after Christmas on January 6th. It commemorates the day the Three Wise Men (Melchoir, Gaspar, and Baltazar) arrived in Bethlehem to bring gifts to baby Jesus.
It is believed that the Three Kings saw a comet that announced the birth of Jesus. They followed it through the desert until they found the stable were Jesus had been born, on the dawn of January 6. They gave the child offerings of gold, incense and myrrh, which are offerings that would not usually be made to a child, but to a god.
Today, the tradition is very similar to Santa Claus. The children write letters to the Three Kings with their gift requests. On the night of January 5th, the children leave sweets for the Three Kings and grass and water for the camels and go to sleep early. When they wake up the next morning, presents are there. The holiday is also a day for family gatherings and small gift exchanges between adults.
At Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, we have plans to make Three King Day very special for the children of the Salvation Army Orphanage. These children were kind enough to visit our resort on Christmas Eve to sing Christmas carols for our guests. We have invited the children back to our resort on January 6th to shower them with gifts! We are so excited to give these children a special day to remember. If you’re planning to visit us during this special holiday, feel free to bring gifts to give to the children too!
Take a look at some of the pictures with the children on Christmas Eve: