Epiphany • Mexico
Dia de los Santos Reyes

From: Mexico Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Christmas New Years EveLas Posadas

Twelve days after Christmas Mexican's throughout the country celebrate Epiphany a religious celebration which is also known as Three Kings Day in honour of Melchor, Gasper and Baltazar the three kings who brought gifts for the baby Jesus.

This is traditionally the day where Mexican family's gather together for a meal and where gifts are exchanged although often you'll find that gifts are exchanged on both Christmas Day and Epiphany. It is traditional for children who wish to receive presents from the Three Kings on Epiphany to place their shoes outside and fill them with grass the evening before as an offering to the three kings camels.

There is a special sweet bread that is served on Three King's Day known as Rosca de Reyes, which is often either circular with a hole in the middle or oblong and topped with candied fruit. Each rosca will have been baked containing one plastic figurine of the baby Jesus and on Epiphany this bread is sliced into and whoever receives the bread containing the figurine has the honour of hosting a further celebration for Candlemas (Dia de la Candelaria) on the 2nd of February.

Date Of Epiphany
In Mexico Epiphany is celebrated annually on the 6th of January each year and also linked with Epiphany and Christmas is Candlemas which is celebrated on the 2nd of February.