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All Hail the Kings

By January 3, 2013

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Santos in San Juan

Santa is long gone, but the Three Kings, or Los Reyes Magos, are just around the corner. January 6 is Three Kings Day, a venerable tradition throughout the Latin world. The Magi's journey to Bethlehem is a biblical tale that resonates with far more spiritual essence than Santa Claus, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a place for kids to feel the joy and magic of the season.

Custom dictates that kids leave grass for the kings' camels instead of cookies for Santa, and while the gifts are pretty much distributed on the 25th, some kids still get a little token on the 6th. The Kings tour the entire island during this time, finishing up on the 6th in San Juan.

December 25 is a special day in Puerto Rico, but January 6 is far more humble and far less commercial. And while the festivities do continue for some, most Puerto Ricans see the arrival of the Three Kings as an end to the long and merry Christmas season.

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