Today, Mexico is celebrating Día de Reyes (aka, Three Kings Day and Epiphany). It is today, not Christmas, that children wake up to find gifts brought during the night, not by Santa but by the Magi. Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar still had enough stamina to stroll the Alcalá late this morning handing out presents. Alas, gold, frankincense, and myrrh seem to have gone out of fashion.
Later this afternoon, at the new Polideportivo Venustiano Carranza, the children’s choir “Agnus Dai,” will perform and “Los Payasos y Domo de la Ciencia” from the Oaxaca Science and Technology Council will hold activities. After a siesta, los tres Reyes Magos will also make their way up to the sports complex to hold contests and continue their gift giving.
By the way, at a meeting I attended today, guess who bit into the little plastic baby Jesús hidden in the Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings cake)? You guessed it! Hmmm… That means I have to host a tamal and atole party on Candlemas, February 2nd, for everyone at the meeting. That’s the tradition in Oaxaca!