How the Epiphany is celebrated in Puerto Rico? Theresa Staab 1-13-17

The Epiphany is when the three kings followed the star to Bethlehem, to offer baby Jesus three gifts. These gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh, and brought 12 days after his birth.

Gold represents Jesus' royal standing as King of the Jews. Frankincense represents the divine nature of Jesus' existence. Myrrh represents Jesus' mortality.

In Puerto Rico, the Epiphany is one of the most important holidays. They exchange presents on the eve of January 6 instead of December 25.

Kids will write their wish lists to one of the kings: Melchior, Caspar, or Balthazar. On the night befor January 6, kids will leave out grass or hay in shoe boxes for the King's horses.

In the morning, the grass would be "eaten" and candies or small toys would be there instead.

Traditional food that's eaten on Three kings day is tamales, codfish fritters, tostones, arroz con gandules, guineos en escabeche, and morcilla.

The main meal is the Lechon, a whole spit-roasted pig with a juicy layer of fat and crackling skin.

Dessert is a smooth coconut custard and a rich eggnog with coconut milk and rum.

References:

http://gopuertorico.about.com/od/eventsandholidays/tp/The-History-And-Meaning-Of-Three-Kings-Day-In-Puerto-Rico.htm

http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/three-kings-2012/

http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels/Puerto-Rican-Christmas

https://qz.com/823973/discovering-the-magic-of-three-kings-day-from-puerto-rico-to-the-us/

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