Reyes Magos Day
The Reyes Magos Day
Probably the happiest day of the year for all the children living in Mexico and in other countries of the world will be the next 6th of January because we will celebrate the Reyes Magos Day.
This magical tradition is celebrated as follows:
Each year millions of children write a letter to the 3 Reyes Magos: Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar; the children write the letter with emotion and hope confirming that they have been behaving well during the whole year, and they ask for some presents that they would like to see on the morning of the 6th of January.
It is said that each child may ask for a total of 3 presents (1 present for each king), but obviously there are a lot of children that take an advantage of the opportunity and write a list of 50 toys.
On the 5th of January, the children need to write 2 letters – one of these letters will be sent to the sky with the help of a balloon full of helium (if the letter is too heavy because of all the toys the children asked, the balloon may go slower). It is recommended to throw the balloon in an open space, free of trees or buildings, because sometimes the balloon can be stuck and the Reyes Magos would never receive the letter, which means no gifts for the child.
The other letter (it needs to have the same content that the letter sent to the sky) has to be placed in a shoe on the night of the 5th of January; the shoe has to be clean to make sure that a Rey Mago doesn’t faint when he smells the exotic scent of the shoe.
It is also common for the children to leave water, coffee, cookies or some food for the Reyes Magos and also for their horse, elephant and camel that are exhausted after traveling around the world in just 1 night.
In the morning of the 6th of January (the only day when ALL the children in Mexico wake up really early without a problem) the children go to the place where they left their shoes, and they are happy to see the toys that the Reyes Magos left for them.
Note: if the children behave really bad during the year the gift that they will receive from the Reyes Magos will be a piece of bread or a piece of coal.
At the end of this day all the families in Mexico gather in one house and they have the traditional Rosca de Reyes, which is a bread in the form of a circle, inside of which there are hidden some small plastic figures. Each person of the family has to cut a piece of this bread and if you are lucky enough and you find a plastic figure in your piece, you will have to invite all your family to your house and prepare a Mexican dish called Tamales on the 2nd of February.
This is in my opinion the best and most magical tradition we have in our country.
What are you going to ask the Reyes Magos? Do you have a similar tradition in your country? I will be waiting for your comments.