By Efrain Nieves
I read an article that hit home yesterday. The article was about El Dia De Los Reyes or Three King’s Day known as Epiphany. This is holiday that falls on January 6th and is celebrated in Latin America, Spain, Italy and other European countries. In the U.S. it’s a holiday associated with the Latino community but which practice has slowly been lost on first and second generation Latinos born in the U.S. As the years passed, around where I grew up, celebrating Three Kings Day is simply not as strong as it used to be back in the 70’s and 80’s.
So what happened to Three King’s Day? It is as if one day most of us woke up and said “this is the last year we celebrate El Dia De Los Reyes.” Perhaps assimilation of the traditional Anglo-Saxon celebration of Christmas have succeeded in displacing “Los Reyes” whether we like to admit it or not. It seems like we became so in tune with American values that we just gave up on this holiday. Or is it that we believe it is only traditional back in our ancestral homes? Personally, I like to believe that our children’s minds are drilled with the bright colors of Christmas and expensive gifts so much that we had no choice but to give up the Three Kings and let Santa work his magic.
I guess that I am just looking at the greener side of the grass. You know, the grass we left in the shoe box for the camels the night before “Los Reyes” in the hopes that they would leave us presents.
Do you observe this holiday and tradition? Do you still believe?
In no way, shape or form is this blog to be taken as an attack or offense. I wrote this article in hopes of opening my own eyes to the fact that I no longer celebrate Three King’s Day. Hence, leaving my children without a history of a tradition accustomed to my home.
In any case, Feliz Dia De Reyes.
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