In Mexico, the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ begin on Christmas Day and end on January 6, the ‘Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos’ (Three Kings Day).
This is the day the three kings brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to bestow upon the baby Jesus, and it is now the day that Mexican children receive their gifts.
In México City, there are rows and rows of stalls with the three kings in attendance, often accompanied by camels, elephants and disco-dancing tigers, all prepared to crown the ‘child’. You pick one set of kings, plop your screaming child on the waiting chair and have their photo taken receiving their crown.
A very solemn child receives his crown…
A somewhat happier scene, at least for the three kings – the little girl seems somewhat doubtful about the honour.
Afterwards you can indulge in the ‘Rosca de Reyes’, King’s Cake along with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate. This sweet bread is shaped into a ring, symbolizing a crown for the ‘new and rightful king of Jerusalem’.
Of course I have added a little more sparkle to this celebration!
Everyone needs more sparkle this time of year and you can find it at : Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Sparkle.