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Weekend Planner: Celebration

JERREY ROBERTS
A group of children line up for face painting Saturday during a Three Kings Day party hosted by Casa Latina at Florence Community Center.

JERREY ROBERTS A group of children line up for face painting Saturday during a Three Kings Day party hosted by Casa Latina at Florence Community Center.

While the Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas, is not a major festival in the English-speaking world, Three Kings Day, or La Día de los Tres Reyes, as it is known, is widely celebrated in Spain and Latin American countries with feasting and parades representing the arrival of the magi Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar in Bethelhem. Children traditionally receive their presents on this day, putting out their shoes the night before and waking up early in hopes of finding gifts inside them.

“Three Kings Day is a celebration of our culture and traditions,” says Luz Eneida Garcia, co-director of Casa Latina, which will be holding its annual celebration on Saturday at the Florence Community Center. “It is a time to remember our childhood and to build new family memories.” Running 1-4 p.m., the event will include a feast of traditional foods, entertainment and distribution of toys donated by United Way, the Collaborative for Educational Services, the Montessori School of Northampton and Casa Latina board members.

Call 586-1569 for information and/or to register. The Florence Community Center is at 140 Pine Street in Florence. (Jerrey Roberts photo)

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