Saturday, January 06, 2007


Tres Reyes

Tres Reyes, or Three Kings Day, is an important part of Christmas for kids in Uruguay. This is the day they get their presents! Santa doesn't deliver presents Christmas morning (probably because it's too hot for reindeer) but the Three Kings bring gifts today. In Uruguay it's also called Día de los niños [Day of the Children]. In English, Three Kings Day is sometimes called Twelfth Night. I only know the Twelve days of Christmas from the carol, so this holiday is new to me.

I took this picture yesterday in Plaza Zabala in Montevideo's Cuidad Vieja. The kids were quite excited and explained that they were gathering grass to leave for the Kings' camels.

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