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Epiphany in the City

Alan Romo

Cristóbal Olvera

Helio Bastién

Laura González

Verónica Agundis

By Jesús Aguado

The Day of the Three Kings—Epiphany—is a tradition marked not just by children opening their presents from the Kings in the morning but also by the parade that the local DIF (Integral Development for Family Department) prepares for them.

The fiesta organized by the DIF is popular among children who come to the Jardín to enjoy the spectacle of music and magic prepared in their honor.

This year, the celebration will be held January 8. The opening will be marked by a special parade with the Three Wise Men that leaves at 3pm from El Cardo towards Parque Juárez. On the route, the Three Kings, sometimes on horseback receive children’s letters and hand out some candies. The fiesta continues once they reach the park.

The legend

Although is not very clear in the Bible how or when the Three Wise Men arrived to adore Baby Jesus  in Bethlehem, Mathew states that the Kings arrived in Jerusalem after having been led by a star. They asked Herod, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? Because we have seen his star, and we came her to adore him.” Herod, who wanted to assassinate Jesus, summoned priests and prophets on the matter. They confirmed to him that Jesus had indeed been recently born in Bethlehem.

So Herod asked the Wise Men to go to Bethlehem and find out everything they could about the newborn child and to inform him of Jesus’s whereabouts. The star leading the Wise Men is said to have finally stopped on the spot where the Holy Family was resting following the birth of Christ.

As the story goes, they regaled him with gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. And so, in commemoration of that visit, we have the modern tradition of bringing presents to children on January 6.

Adults can still ask for presents

Atención questioned several public officials about what they would they request of the Three Kings for Sanmiguelenses. Here’s what they told us:

Guillermo González—Manager of the Tourism Council—to keep having a safe city, that is the main topic.

Helio Bastién (city councilor) I would ask to have a more beautiful and clean city.

Alan Romo—city councilor—health, love, safety, and union among the citizens.

Cristóbal Olvera, city councilor, happy holidays for our citizens and the people they love. More good things for everyone and a better city. I would also ask for people to change, for good, if they want to have a better city and country.

Laura González, city councilor, harmony in Sanmiguelenses’ lives, unity in their families, health for their person, and love in their environment and in any activity that they perform.

Pavel Hernández

María Elena Vázquez

 

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