Who says the holidays ended last weekend? Today is Reyes, or officially El Dia de los Reyes Magos. Otherwise known as the Christian holiday of Epiphany, it's celebrated throughout Latin America and Spain on this last of the twelve days of Christmas, the day on which lore has it that the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem bearing their gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh.
Which means that while most everyone else (though there are other exceptions) is putting away decorations and feeling twinges of post-holiday blues, many Latinos around town are nibbling on Rosca de Reyes, sipping hot chocolate, attending parades featuring live camels and, if there's money to spare after Christmas, giving and receiving a few additional gifts. It's not a bad way to extend the holidays. Even if you're not Latino, here are a six reasons to adopt Reyes: