It is January, but the holiday season is not over yet. Dia de Los Reyes or Kings Day is celebrated on January 6 in Latin and Hispanic communities in the United States as well as in Latin American countries and Spain.
Dubois County Hoosiers will celebrate the holiday with a new multicultural event at the Dubois County Museum Thursday, Jan.6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. The event is free and open to the public.
The University of Vincennes Jasper, the Dubois County Museum and several other groups have teamed up and received a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities to organize several Latinx celebrations during the year in order to develop community links between the Hispanic and Anglo communities.
As the director of the Dia de Los Reyes event, VU Jasper Admission Advisor and Community Engagement Specialist Dennis Tedrow encourages everyone to come to the museum to enjoy the festivities and learn more about the history and the traditions of Dia de Los Reyes, which honors the Three Kings or Three Wise Men. The celebration is commonly known as Epiphany Day in the Catholic community.
“The purpose of the event is to educate people about the story of the three kings who brought their gifts to baby Jesus and the importance of the story in Hispanic culture,” Tedrow said. “Southern Indiana is seeing an increase in the Latin American and Hispanic population. Dia de Los Reyes is a great way for individuals and families to discover and learn about each other’s communities, cultures and traditions.
Participants will learn about the traditions of Dia de Los Reyes and enjoy the traditional goodies, art and holiday cheer offered by local performers and performers.
Claudia Juarez will lead a cooking class on baking concha bread, a traditional Mexican sweet bun, also known as pan dulce. Class size is limited to 100 people. To participate in the cooking class, send an RSVP message to [email protected]
The Dubois County Museum is located at 2704 Newton Street in Jasper.