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ATLANTIC CITY — Local children will be celebrated and receive gifts as the Hispanic Association of Atlantic County hosts its annual Three Kings Day Celebration, or El Dia de Reyes, at Our Lady of the Sea Church, 15 North California Avenue, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Celebrating South Jersey’s Latino Community.

Registration is required to attend this annual event, one of the leading celebrations HAAC hosts to benefit the community. For more information on registration and the event, go to:

El Día de Reyes, or Three Kings Day — also known as the Epiphany — commemorates the visit that the Three Wise Men paid to Jesus after his birth. In Puerto Rico, the most renowned festivities are held in the southern town of Juana Díaz. For over 135 years, the town of Juana Díaz has celebrated this holiday with a festival and parade that gathers over 25,000 people, according to Discover Puerto Rico.

In Mexico, it is a traditional custom on January 5 for children to leave their shoes, along with a letter for the Three Kings, telling them how good they have been all year and what toys they would like to receive, by the family nativity scene, the Christmas tree or by their beds.

The Hispanic Association of Atlantic County advocates to empower and advance the inclusion of Hispanics in all sectors of Atlantic County and the State of New Jersey while preserving its cultural heritage.

Some of its past events include the Atlantic City Latino Festival, the Nuestro Pueblo Awards and its Youth Leadership Summit.

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