Three Kings Day, also known as Epiphany or El Dia de Los Reyes, is a highly-celebrated Latin American tradition. PuertoRico.com describes the history of this holiday as the “celebration of the gospel account relating to the visit of the three magi – or in this case, kings – to the baby Jesus. According to Latin culture, January 6th saw three different men visiting Jesus – Melchor (representing Europe), Gaspar (representing Arabia) and Balthazar (representing Africa). The first is believed to have arrived by horse, the second by camel, and the third by elephant and they brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh respectively.”
While this holiday is celebrated around the world, nowhere does it quite like Puerto Rico. The celebrations are non-stop for two weeks, beginning at Christmas and ending January 6th. Each night is celebrated differently, but on Three Kings Day itself, you can expect parades, festivals, family gathering and lots of parties. Old San Juan’s annual celebration is held at the Luis Munoz Marin Park, and features live music, food, drink, and gifts for lucky children.
The Puerto Rican kings hail from a town called Juana Diaz, located on the south side of the island, visitors to the city are greeted by a statue of the kings and is considered the unofficial hometown of the Magi. The Kings start in Juana Diaz and travel around the island, the highlight of the day, and the largest celebration occurs when they reach Old San Juan.
There are so many great times of the year to visit Puerto Rico, but there is something truly magical about celebrating the holidays here – book your stay today!