The holiday season continues with the celebration of Three Kings Day

NOW: The holiday season continues with the celebration of Three Kings Day

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- In the Latino community, Santa Claus isn't the only one who brings gifts; the Three Wise Men, or "Los Tres Reyes Magos," do as well.

Three Kings Day, the day the Three Wise Men are said to have brought gifts to Jesus Christ, is recognized on Saturday, Jan. 6. The day also marks the close of Christmas festivities.

For the holiday, children leave their shoes outside their bedroom doors at night. When they wake up, toys and gifts are found inside.

One of the most important and delicious pieces of the holiday is the Three Kings Bread, or the "Rosca de Reyes." It is round to symbolize a king's crown, with fruit atop of it, symbolizing the jewels.

Inside the bread is a plastic baby Jesus figurine. Whoever finds it will host a party on "Día de la Candelaria," or "Candlemas," on Friday, Feb. 2.

There is a way to celebrate locally and help other children. The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation and Mexican Fiesta are hosting a toy drive, where your gifts will go right to hometown kids. Toys or money can be dropped off at the Mexican Fiesta office through Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Those gifts will be distributed with Mexican Fiesta on Saturday, Jan. 13. Last year, more than 450 children were blessed with gifts.


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