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Celebrate the end of holiday season

CorrespondentJanuary 3, 2013 

Angel Torres, costumed as one of the three kings, hands out candy to kids along the route of a parade in Cary's Bond Park during the celebration of the annual Dia de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day. A couple hundred people attended the Saturday event, which included musical performances, dancing, hot chocolate and small gifts for the kids. PHOTOS BY Ray Black III -


While Christmas is the big day in the United States, many Spanish-speaking countries exchange holiday gifts and hold their biggest celebrations each year on Jan. 6.

Your family can learn about this tradition first hand on Saturday, at the Three Kings Day parade in Cary’s Bond Park.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can taste Latino foods, listen to music and participate in a procession.

Some participants will wear traditional dress. The parade will end with the arrival of the Three Kings, dressed in elaborate costumes and bearing gifts.

The park is at 801 High House road, and events begin at the Kiwanis Shelter. The event is free.

For more information call 919-460-4963 or go to

• At Yates Mill County Park on Saturday, you can learn about another related tradition: Twelfth Night, a festival that celebrates the end of the 12 days of Christmas. (Some believe it is unlucky to leave up Christmas decorations after this date).

From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kids can celebrate with dancing, food and traditional crafts. There will also be a Twelfth Night cake.

Registration is required, and the cost is $5 per family. Contact the park at 919-856-6675 or

• Lastly, your family can see a bit of free theater on Saturday at North Regional Library in Raleigh. At 3 p.m., Raleigh Little Theater’s Storyteller will perform traditional folk tales known as “The Jack Tales.” The tales each focus on a main character named Jack. One you have probably heard of is “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

For more information, call 919-870-4000.

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