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Fiesta de Reyes Magos

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Puerto Rico celebrates the Epiphany, with the fiesta de Reyes Magos, which falls on January 6th and is also part of the holiday season. According to Catholic tradition, the Three Wise Men (in Spanish Los Tres Reyes Magos) visited the manger to give gifts to baby Jesus.

Puerto Rico has town festivals featuring local actors and performers dressed up as the Three Wise Men, who hand out gifts to children.Fiesta de Reyes Juanadina in Juana Diaz and Fiesta de Reyes Isabelinos in Isabela are the most well-known festivals.

The Three Wise Men travel on camels from the East to visit all children every year. After New Year’s Eve, the Three Wise Men arrive in Spain and pass through the various towns to hear the children’s requests and receive their letters.

According to tradition, the Magi was responsible for guiding the Magi to Bethlehem via a star that led them to the birthplace of the Child Jesus. These three magicians gave him three gifts upon his arrival: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Every Christmas, the children write letters to the kings, or all three, Melchior Gaspar, Baltasar, and Gaspar.

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