Even after Christmas and New Year’s Day pass, holiday celebrations continue in Charlotte with Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes.) In some past years there have also been Twelfth Night celebrations, but we haven’t seen any announced for 2022.
These traditional celebrations are expressions of Epiphany, which marks when, according to the nativity story, three wise men visited baby Jesus, bearing gifts.
In modern times, especially in Spain and Latin America, on Three Kings Day, children leave their shoes by the door of their houses, so that the three kings can come and leave them presents.
Traditionally, bakers make “Rosca de Reyes,” a sweet bread meant to represent a crown. The bread often has a plastic doll, representing the baby Jesus, baked inside. Whoever gets the slice of bread with the doll in it is Jesus’ guardian for the year. In some traditions, the person who gets the slice with Baby Jesus is responsible for cooking tamales for everyone on Día de la Candelaria on February 2nd!
Three Kings Day and Twelfth Night mark the end of the Christmas season.
Three Kings Day Events in Charlotte
Here are two ways to celebrate.
Charlotte’s biggest Rosca de Reyes
Sunday, January 9th, 2022
4405 Central Avenue, Charlotte
Manolo’s Bakery has baked Charlotte’s largest Rosca de Reyes, and will be handing out free slices to guests.
Día de Reyes/Three Kings Day Family Day Celebration with Levine Museum of the New South
Thursday, January 13th, 2022
7 to 8 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South’s Three Kings Day event will be virtual this year. It will include:
- Villancico songs
- Story time
- Musical performances