The Celebration of the Epiphany in Peru Created by: Trinity Nguyen 01-13-17

According to tradition, celebrants eat a sweet bready dessert called Rosca de Reyes on Three Kings' Day. It is the most iconic tradition.

In the Center of Lima, the holiday is celebrated by a "Preuvianized" reenactment of the meeting between Baby Jesus and the Magi.

The Three Kings are dressed in traditional Andean garb and bring the symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

They are traditionally portrayed by the members of the mounted police force. They have been actively coordinating this performance for more than 25 years.

In the days leading up to the celebration, children write out their letters wishing for gifts (like in North America, Santa Clause).

On the night before the Epiphany, children leave out their shoes with a bit of hay in them to feed the animals of the Magi. The next morning their gifts will have been in place of the hay.

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  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/06/three-kings-day-celebration-history-and-traditions-behind-el-dia-de-los-reyes_n_2412379.html
  • http://tudecidesmedia.com/traditions-the-tradition-of-three-kings-day-p3002-128.htm

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Created with images by Jorge Lascar - "Día de Reyes Magos procession (Celebration of Epiphany) [Ollantaytambo]"

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