Three Kings Day and Epiphany Around the World
During this holiday season Christians across the world celebrate Christmas, and the Epiphany. The Epiphany or Twelfth Day is the celebration of the three wise men who followed the star to Bethlehem looking for baby Jesus. They followed the star to bring Jesus gifts of gold, myrrh, and frankincense 12 days after he was born.
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To my surprise, Day of the Magi or El Día de Reyes is not solely a Latin American tradition it is also celebrated in many European countries as well.
I’ve compiled a wonderful selection of multicultural children’s book, and I reached out to a wonderful group of mommas from the +Multicultural Kid Blogs
, and asked how they celebrated this season.
Multicultural children’s books about Christmas and The Magi (Three Kings Day and Epiphany) Around the World
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Three Kings Day and Epiphany Traditions Around the World
From the mouths of our multicultural mommas across the globe:
I love how she celebrates with her multicultural family! She expresses the following: “I celebrated it in Italy, now in NL a bit less… In our family we have a very “personal” way to celebrate all this: the “Heilinge Drei Könige” (Dia de Reyes) and Befana together but also Sinterklaas/Sankt Nikolaus. We came up with a funny explanation: that Sankt Nikolaus is like the brother of La Befana, or that they inspire one another… I think it would be very interesting to know how multicultural families justify the celebration of multiple festivities. It can be quite challenging and I know families where parents don’t agree with part of the traditional celebrations of their partners culture(s)…” You can read her post here
In France it’s a tradition to eat La Galette des Rois! Do I have a treat for you! Three wonderful bloggers share how they celebrate this tradition, and two of them share recipes!
From Stroud Is All Over the Place shares a beautiful tradition on children singing and knocking on doors honoring Three Kings Day in Germany.
Three Kings Cake is also served that night to celebrate the occasion.
from the European Mama shares her traditions: “We write the initials of the three kings on the door (K(acper)+M(elchior)+B(altazar) with chalk and then the year (for example now it’d be K+M+B, 2014). I think it is also the time the Christmas Tree is dismantled. They are the names of the Three Kings I’ve learned at church.”
Per Ute from Expat Since Birth the inscriptions above the door is a tradition that can also be seen in in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and in the Netherlands as well.