News Release -- Mayor Warren Celebrates Inaugural Three Kings' Day at City Hall

City of Rochester

News Release

Video montage of celebration 

(Monday, Jan. 6, 2020) - For the first time ever, Mayor Lovely A. Warren and the Hispanic Heritage Committee celebrated Three Kings’ Day, or the Feast of the Epiphany, at City Hall, 30 Church Street. The religious holiday marks the close of the Christmas season for many Christians.

“I’m excited to celebrate this holiday with the residents of Rochester,” said Mayor Lovely Warren. “Three Kings’ Day is a time when families gather to enjoy traditional foods and activities in celebration of the day when the kings, known also as wise men, visited baby Jesus bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. What an excellent way to recognize the end of a season of giving.”

Three Kings’ Day is widely celebrated within the Latin culture. In Puerto Rico, it is customary for children to leave shoe boxes stocked with hay beneath their beds for the kings and their camels in exchange for gifts. The celebratory tradition varies by region and origin.

The City’s Three Kings’ Day event, three Rochester police officers represented the three kings and hand out treats. The festivities also included a brief reading about Three Kings’ Day in both Spanish and English; a presentation by the kings; music and light Picadillo (refreshments). 


News Media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo, 428-7135. 


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