The 6th of January is Día de los Reyes Magos, the Christian celebration of the Epiphany also known in English as “Three Kings Day.” The nativity scenes set up during the holidays in households throughout Paraguay play an important role in the days festivities. Every “pesebre” displays the three kings journeying to the manger, usually via camel, with gifts for Baby Jesus. On the eve of Dia de los Reyes (or simply “Reyes” for short) it is tradition for each person to place a shoe next to the nativity scene. It remains unclear to me why a shoe would provoke the kings to share their bounty, but come the morning of the 6th each shoe has a present in (or on top of ) it. Out of respect for the traveling kings it is probably best to pick a shoe with the least amount of pyne.
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