Every January 6, different countries celebrate the Three Kings Day. This year, the celebration falls on Saturday and does not have holiday and/or non-working day statusas happens with Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year.
This is a holiday that commemorates a biblical episode, of the New Testamentwhich surrounds the birth of child Jesus. Shoes, gifts for camels and other issues go through this festival, but what is their origin?
Why is Three Kings Day celebrated?
The Three Kings celebration symbolizes the end of the Christmas period. As the story goes, the Three Wise Men of the East They traveled guided by shine of the star of Bethlehemin search of the home of the baby Jesus and with the aim of take him gifts.
The history of Catholicism names the wise men in the Gospel according to Matthew 2,1-12, where he tells the story of king herod that, after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem of Judea – and haunted by a prophecy that announced the birth of the king of the Jews -, he orders Baltasar, Melchior and Gaspar find the whereabouts of the newborn.
This is how the three kings set out in search of Jesus. The text explains that “when they entered they saw to the child with Maria, his mother. They knelt down and worshiped him. They opened their treasures and They offered him gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Then, having been warned in a dream that they would not return to Herod, they returned to their country by another way.”
Although the gospel does not specify the number of wise men, an estimated number was calculated in based on the number of gifts Jesus received. The names of the famous camel riders, Melchior, Gaspar and Baltasar, appear for the first time in the famous mosaic of the 6th century in the Basilica of San Apollinaris he New in Ravenna, Italy.
Three Kings Day: Why is it celebrated every January 6?
According to Catholic belief, Three Kings Day coincides with the Epiphany Day, one of the oldest liturgical celebrations. This means “revelation and/or appearance” and refers to the fact that the baby Jesus shows the world for the first time.
Thus, the date of January 6 was agreed for this festival. Also, this day marks the end of the Christmas period in many countries around the world.
Who were the Three Wise Men?
The word “dry” comes from equal-gu-u-shathat means priestand refers to a caste of Persian or Babylonian priests, who dedicated themselves to studying the stars in their desire to find God. Melchior Caspar and Balthazar They were the three Wise Men who traveled from distant lands to deliver gifts and honor Jesus of Nazareth, the king of kings.
According to the sacred scriptures, Balthazar gave Jesus the myrrha substance that, at that time, was used to embalm corpses and is the symbol of humanity of the Lord. Melchiorfor his part, offered the oroby royalty of Christ and finally, Gaspar carried the incensewhich expressed the divinity of Jesus.
Three Kings Day traditions
Each country has its own culture and different practices to celebrate this holiday. In Argentina, the most common traditions to celebrate Three Kings Day are:
- Comer kings thread, a bakery preparation that is covered with pastry cream, candied fruits and sugar pearls.
- Leave your shoes next to the mangerhe Christmas treeor in the home door.
- Gifts for camelssymbolized in a container with water and another with grass.
- Sleep early so that Reyes arrive on time and can leave your gifts in peace
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