El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos

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Celebrate ‘El Dia De Los Tres Reyes Magos’ Friday
 
By ROBERT NARANJO
Valley Daily Post
 

Dancers at a Three Kings Day celebration. Courtesy Photo

 
Throughout New Mexico and in some Spanish-speaking countries, “El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos” (Three Kings Day) is celebrated on Jan. 6 and has more significance than Christmas Day. 
In New Mexico, the holiday coincides with the date that New Mexico became a state, Jan. 6, 1912.
While the day goes largely unnoticed by the general population, some of New Mexico’s Indian Pueblos have annual celebrations on this day, which include dances at Picuris, Sandia and Nambe Pueblos.
Taos Pueblo also has dances. Other Pueblos in the area may have dances, but it’s best to check beforehand by calling the Pueblo’s Governor’s office.  
When visiting Pueblos for any event such as dances, a visitor must observe certain rules. No photography, video, or recordings of any kind are allowed unless approved by the Pueblo Governor’s office and a fee is paid.
While observing the dances, remember it’s religious to the dancers. No talking, joining in the dancing or asking questions is allowed. Participants should also not bring animals and should not touch.  Respect in all sense of the word is the best practice.
What you are witnessing is a celebratory dance that is hundreds of years old and is part of what makes New Mexico so culturally fascinating.  
While at a Pueblo, take in some of the local foods if possible. Fry bread or pies baked in an horno (beehive oven) are delicious.
There is much more to a Pueblo than the dances. So, take your time and enjoy what makes New Mexico truly the “Land of Enchantment.”

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