Catholics receive the Magi

photo VD: Rosy Figueroa.
By Rosy Figueroa

Some countries where the Catholic religion predominates, held every 6 January Day of the Magi. The symbolism behind the biblical passage that speaks of the three kings visit the newborn Jesus and his parents, It represents the recognition of the pagan world of their savior.

In European countries celebrating this tradition, the most looking forward to this day are the guys, as they receive gifts and families gather to share a meal and cut the famous Rosca de Reyes.

The bishops of the Catholic Church receive the Magi. photo VD: Rosy Figueroa.

This tradition coincides with the ancient tradition of the Epiphany and manifests from 1336. In Italy, one of the countries where this, It is a great celebration, a parade through the heart of the city of Milan is performed, from Piazza Duomo, until the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio.

The biggest attraction for young and old is the way tradition is presented. The parade how many pastors, ladies and gentlemen, vintage dresses, making the journey on horseback. The three wise men: Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar, are the main characters of the day.

photo VD: Rosy Figueroa.

In Barcelona, kings arrive at the port of the city and then, through the streets in a unique spectacle.

In America, instead, not all countries adopted the tradition. In Latin America, known celebration, but in some countries is a normal day. In Mexico instead, it is customary also from the Rosca de Reyes, having a baby hidden in the middle.

photo VD: Rosy Figueroa.
photo VD: Rosy Figueroa.

Hundreds of years later, Legend has it that the Three Kings, after the death of Jesus, they felt the need to return to Jerusalem. There they became martyrs and were buried, all three in the same grave.

Later, his remains were found by Elena, the mother of Emperor Constantine I, Grand Chief of the Eastern Roman Empire, and brought from Jerusalem to the church of Hagia Sophia Constantinopolis.