Today is Día de Reyes or Three Kings Day! The holiday represents the wise men’s visit to baby Jesus. Also, it marks the end of the Christmas season for many Hispanic families.
In Ecuador, Día de Reyes is seldomly celebrated so it wasn’t until I moved to the United States and had kids when my family started participating in this meaningful celebration. In fact, last night was my children’s first time leaving their shoes outside the door for the wise men to bring them presents!
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The celebration of Día de Reyes or Epiphany is a tradition that dates back to the evangelization of the New World, and has carried on to present times.
10 Bilingual Books for Día de Reyes
Whether you’re passing this tradition onto your children or if it’s your first time celebrating Día de Reyes, the following Three Kings Day bilingual books are going to help you to join this fun celebration that is beloved by many children.
This is a bilingual book for a toddler. The beautiful illustrations are captivating and the text is entertaining for the little kids.
“From Boriquén to Bethlehem: A Coquí and the Three Wise Men” is the story of a magical coquí (a tree frog native to Puerto Rico) who traveled with the Magi to the first Christmas.
The author describes the three kings as very wise and kind characters from the East who didn’t know each other.
This beautifully illustrated poem voices the excitement of Three Kings’ Day from a child’s perspective.
The story is centered around Benjamin and his grandfather and the meanings behind the Three Kings gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to baby Jesus.
Carlitos writes a letter to the Three Kings asking for lots of presents. Later, he decides to write a new letter and gives up some of the things in his wish list in exchange for a bigger gift for his older brother, who is teaching him how to ride a bike and lets him use his own big kids bike.
Carta de los Tres Reyes Magos Free Template
It’s part of the Día de Reyes tradition for children to write a letter to Los Reyes Magos (or their favorite king). On the eve of January 6, the letter is left with their shoes, and hay for the camels to snack on. Here is a free template for a letter to the three kings.
Check out these FREE Printables in Spanish for Día de Reyes
Another tradition of Three Kings Day is eating Rosca. Family and friends get together to cut the rosca or roscón, and the person who finds a miniature baby Jesus in their slice of bread, must make tamales for everyone on Día de la Candelaria, February 2.
Wondering how to make Rosca de Reyes? Check out this recipe!