Cary, Hillsborough Celebrate '3 Kings' With Family Events
The holidays are over, and it's bitterly cold, but hold on; two fun family events are coming later this week, just when temperatures are expected to rise to the 50s and 60s. Both events celebrate the end of the Christmas season, when Christians believe the three wise men arrived at the stable in the Bethlehem bearing gifts to see the infant Jesus.
In the liturgical calendar, Jan. 6 is Epiphany, the end of the Christmas season, when Christians believe the three wise men completed their journey. In anticipation of their arrival, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, at 210 St. Mary's Road, in Hillsborough, will host an evening of readings, poetry, and carols at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5. The event will celebrate the Eve of Epiphany in the style of the Scotch-Irish pioneers who settled in the Appalachian Mountains. They referred to Epiphany as "Old Christmas" and regarded the eve of Epiphany as a special night when the Holy Spirit made its presence felt on the earth in subtle ways. Author Lee Smith, who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains will read her account of Old Christmas from her novel, Fair and Tender Ladies. These readings will be paired with carols, both old and new, sung by The St. Matthew's Women's Singing Circle. The program will be followed by a reception. Tickets are $10 and can be bought through St. Matthew's Parish Office or the Purple Crow Bookstore.
In Latino culture, the Three Kings Day is also an important holiday celebration, and on its eve, gifts were exchanged for the holidays. In keeping with that tradition, Cary will be celebrating Dia de los Reyes Parade & Estrella de la Esperanza Gift-Giving Celebration, designed to bring joy to children in the community. The free event will kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, with a parade representing 12 countries at Maury O'Dell Place at the Fred G. Bond Metro Park, followed by the gift-giving celebration at the Kiwanis Shelter.The traditional "Rosca de Reyes" bread and other Latin American holiday foods countries will be served, as well as donuts and hot chocolate, and you can enjoy traditional songs and music. The Magi also will distribute gifts and food to low-income Latino kids and families who have previously registered with Diamante, a nonprofit focused on providing Hispanic arts and culture in North Carolina?. The event is co-sponsored by Diamante and the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department. For more information, visit www.diamanteinc.org or call (919) 460-4963.