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Toys, Cake, and Balloons

By Jesús Aguado

On January 6, Mexican children can hardly wait for the arrival of the Three Kings. San Miguel children are not the exception. It is an annual tradition here for the municipal DIF (Family Integral Development Department) to organize the Epiphany festival for children.

The event (this year held on January 8) featured the traditional parade with Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar. At the Jardín Principal, Mayor Villarreal shared Three Kings Cake with all the parents and their children. His wife—Emilia Vega—handed out toys to every child. Attendees also received balloons and enjoyed the festival prepared in their honor.

About the Three Kings

Although the date when the three kings arrived to honor Baby Jesus in Bethlehem is unknown, Mathew states that first they arrived in Jerusalem and asked Herod where the newly born king was. They had come to adore him. Herod, who wanted to kill them, summoned prophets, priests, and wizards, who confirmed the birth of Baby Jesus.

King Herod asked the men to go to Bethlehem, find out all the information about him, and come back to inform him every single detail.

The three kings followed the star, which stopped just over the place where Baby Jesus had been born. They brought him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. From this came the tradition of bringing toys to children on January 6.



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