Photo feature by Elio Delgado
HAVANA TIMES, Jan 7 — “Three King’s Day” is a religious tradition which is held every January 6 in many parts of the world. According to legend, the Magi (the three wise men) came to bring gifts the night before Jesus was born.
This is why, on this day, children receive the gifts that are left for them at the foot of a Christmas tree or under their bed on Christmas morning.
Slaves brought to Cuba by the Spanish took advantage of this tradition to clandestinely integrate their own orishas (saints), songs, dances and drumbeats.
Each owner of these slaves dressed them in their finest clothes and displayed them as their personal property. The slaves would then parade through the streets of Havana while the whites would toss them coins, which they collected and saved to buy their freedom.
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