Dia de los Reyes: How to Celebrate Three Kings Day aka Little Christmas


January 6th is a special day. It’s not just the day after January 5th or before January 7th, but it is a feast day known as Three Kings Day or Dia de los Reyes or just Epiphany.

This day is celebrated “the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ.”  It’s also called little Christmas and commemorated the “manifestation of Christ, especially to the Magi, but also at his baptism and at the wedding feast of Cana.” So how does one celebrate Three Kings Day or Dia de Los Reyes?

Countries all over the world not only celebrate the day occasionally on different dates but there is a wide range of activities like house blessings, baptisms, and gift giving. But in the United States, we have our own traditions.  One of the biggies is the King Cake. This is particularly popular in Louisiana where Epiphany marks the beginning of the Carnival season. The cake is rounded is glazed white and is sprinkled with carnival colored sugar. Baked inside the cake is a little plastic baby doll (or a bean…or when I was a kid my family used a dime). The person who finds the little “surprise” makes the next king cake. But in Colorado there is the Great Fruitcake Toss where people dressed as “kings, fools, etc” throw fruit cakes to see who can throw is the farthest.

And if you are serving up your own King Cake – you can use something like the above cute cake toppers which are available here for £7.08 (pounds).

Do you celebrate Three Kings Day?