Three Kings Day
January 6, 2011 by Post Team
Three Kings Day, The Twelve Days of Christmas end today with the feast of the Epiphany, also known in the community of Spanish as el dia de los Magos Reys Three Kings Day. According to Father Thomas Walsh of St. Mary’s, it comes from the Gospel of St. Matthew, where kings are said to have happened 12 days after the birth of Jesus Christ. Foreign brand have brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby, who Christians believe is the Son of God.
The New Britain Youth Museum and the Church of St. Mary’s each invite the community to join in their celebrations of the feast.
New Britain Youth Museum will offer an hour-long educational program today with a boat to commemorate the Three Kings Day. The museum staff read the book “Long live the Three Kings” by Lori Marie Carlson and watches the video “Dora the Explorer celebrates Three Kings Day!”
“We made a three Kings last year for the first time, in anticipation of our Sabor Latino show, and it was well attended. We provided children with books that were donated by the school district, “said Sara Marzi, education coordinator for the museum. “This year we wanted to provide more information of the party, but still make it very kid-friendly and hands on learning.”
The museum’s program focuses on children aged eight and under. Marzi said the museum received a generous donation from Toys for Tots and give presents the first 80 children.
“It is important that the community sees this museum as a reflection of the city and an ideal place for all families to visit,” Marzi said. “The cultural education . . . is one area we are working to develop greater community involvement and our Three Kings Day celebration attracts not only of our Latin American population, but also other groups. ”
St. Mary’s Church will also host a community-wide Three Kings Day 2 o’clock on Saturday evening.
“It will be a bilingual explanation of the Three Kings Day and the meaning of cultural impact and religious implications,” said Walsh. “This is an annual event hosted by our committee, but it is a community event is not a church.”
Since such programs are offered to the public, Marzi said it offers an opportunity for a more diverse audience.
“There is many different nations of Latin America celebrate three kings. It is hard to Puerto Rico,” Walsh said. “There is less immigration from Puerto Rico and other Latin nations American in the city. I think that Puerto Ricans become more Americanized it puts less emphasis on the holidays. ”
Walsh said the first hour would provide an overview of the festival, with performances by school groups.
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