Christmas has come and gone, but the holiday season is not over yet. In many Latin American and Spanish countries, “Dia de los Reyes” or “Three Kings Day” is a bigger deal than Christmas.
It’s thought of as the day the Three Wise Men arrived to meet Jesus and give him gifts. It’s also known as Epiphany. If you’d like to celebrate this holiday there are several events having believers go ¡Vamos Tampa Bay!
We’ll start with the folks over at Busch Gardens on January 5th and 6th, that’s Saturday and Sunday, the park holds its Three Kings celebration with authentic Latin traditions, live entertainment, and twinkling lights. Even Rosita and her Sesame Street friends will be there! Find more information here.
In Tarpon Springs, Epiphany is celebrated a bit differently by the Greek Orthodox on the January 6th. That celebration focuses on the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. It is a free event and one of the biggest in the country. It’s an all-day event highlighted by the throwing of a cross into Spring Bayou and dozens of teen boys dive in to get it back. The boy who brings it back is said to have good luck for the rest of the year. The rest of the day is followed with food, drink, and live music. Find out everything you need to know here.
Finally, on Sunday, January 13th at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the “Great Concert of Epiphany” will celebrate the arrival of the Magi with music. Get the details here.