Los Tres Reyes – Mexico World Showcase Storytellers Epcot Archives
Los Tres Reyes – Mexico
Beautiful candlelight processionals, happy sounds of children laughing, and sweet smells of the season make Christmas in Mexico a magical, meaningful time of community.
In Mexico, Christmas is called La Navidad and its main celebration is Las Posadas, which means "shelter". During Las Posadas, Mexican families recreate the journey of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem, For nine nights, beginning December 16, Mexican children dress up like the holy family and visit their neighbors as part of the candlelight processional. Beautifully carved nacimientos (nativity scenes) are displayed in homes. Each night, after Mary and Joseph are welcomed in, the prayers and festivities begin.
The holiday festivities continue with Dia De Los Tres Reyes (Three Kings Day) celebrated on January 6. this tradition celebrates the day the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem bringing gifts to baby Jesus. On the eve of Three Kings Day, Mexican children leave their shoes on their doorsteps. When they awaken in the morning, they are delighted to discover wonderful toys and gifts in and around their shoes.
This show ended after the 2013 holiday season.