Saturday, January 3, 2004

Nashville churches, businesses to celebrate Hispanic "Three Kings Day" holiday

"El Dia De Reyes Magos, or Three Kings Day, falls on Jan. 6. For immigrants from Mexico, in particular, this is the holiday that children race out of bed to open gifts and family cooks prepare lavish holiday spreads.

"Also known as Epiphany, the day commemorates the biblical story of the Magi, or wise men, who arrived in Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the newly born Jesus."

"At St. William Catholic Community Church in Shelbyville, the sermon's message will be 'what gift can we bring this year to the Christ child,' said the Rev. Paul Portland, the priest leading the Mass."

"Portland expects 250 to 300 people at the Spanish-language service he will conduct tomorrow, about the same turnout as every Sunday in the small church that seats 150. There are chairs in the hallways and a big screen television to broadcast the sermon to those unable to fit in the sanctuary."

"Jan. 6 is the busiest day of the year for bakeries catering to the Hispanic population, said Patricia Paiva, owner of Aurora Bakery on Nolensville Pike."

Nashville City Paper article here

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