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Feast of the Three Wise Men in Mexico

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Today is the Feast of the Three Wise Men, or La Fete des Rois - the twelfth day of Christmas.

Today is the Feast of the Three Wise Men, or La Fete des Rois – the 12th day of Christmas.

We have arrived in Mexico and begin our month stay in Playa del Carmen on the Mayan Riviera. We took our first beach walk and say this sand-carving display representing the Nativity Scene which shows the Three Wise Men baring gifts on the twelfth day following Christ’s birth. January sixth is the Twelfth Day of Christmas that has been made famous in popular Christmas songs. As I grew up it was called La Fête des Rois and it was the day when my French-Canadian grandparents would give us our Christmas presents. For us as children, we called the day, Little Christmas, the day of Christmas presents. Jesus got his first presents that day, the origin of giving children Christmas presents comes from this act of the Three Wise Men.

Walking further down the beach we came across another scene where three men were dressed up in costumes and crowns as part of one resort’s activity to honour this special day. While walking we moved from overcast to sunshine and then rain, a pattern repeated twice while we were out for two and a half hours. It was fitting and a reminder that life is life is naturally cyclical, constantly calling us to be aware of here and now.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

January 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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