Last night, all across Latin America and parts of the United States, children lined up their shoes in front of their doors in anticipation of Los Tres Reyes Magos’ visit. The Three Wise Men – who followed a star for 12 days until they reached Baby Jesus in Bethlehem and presented him with three gifts – mark the end of the Christmas season, and are the reason so many Latinos wait until January 6 to take down their Christmas trees.
For some, Día de Reyes, or the Epiphany, is seen mostly as a religious feast day. But for many Latinos, Día de Reyes is similar to Christmas and comes with many traditions, such as eating Rosca de Reyes and leaving grass or hay for the reyes’ camels to eat.
In honor of Los Tres Reyes Magos, we have decided to celebrate five other Reyes, who won’t bring you or Baby Jesus any gifts, but can at least bring you joy through their music.