7 Facts You Should Know to Celebrate Three Kings’ Day

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With Christmas and New Year’s over, you might find yourself in a post-holiday slump that you can’t get out of. There are always those New Year’s resolutions to work on, but that only further solidifies the fact that the holiday merriment is in the past. Though for many in Latin America and the rest of the world, the Christmas season is just now hitting its peak—with the Epiphany or Three Kings’ Day (El Día de los Reyes) on January 6. And even if this celebration for you is ingrained as a yearly family tradition, here are some fun facts and surprising history that you might not have known about.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas Has Arrived

There’s a reason you might have heard the 12 Days of Christmas song during the month of December on repeat—the Christmas holiday culminates on January 6 with the twelfth day of Christmas, the day when the three kings—Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar—finally finished their long journey to Bethlehem. Called the Epiphany, it comes from the Greek word for manifestation—seeing God in human form for the first time.

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