Three Kings Day teaches through fun

An­nual holy event cel­e­brates the visit of the wise men

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By BOBBY JONES [email protected]­i­tary.com

More than 250 chil­dren en­joyed face paint­ing, bal­loons, snacks and re­fresh­ments be­fore the main event dur­ing the ninth an­nual Three Kings Day Cel­e­bra­tion hosted by the Mary­land Na­tional Cap­i­tal Park and Plan­ning Com­mis­sion’s Col­lege Park Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Jan. 5. The free event drew a ca­pac­ity crowd of ap­prox­i­mately 400 Prince Ge­orge’s County fam­ily mem­bers.

The hol­i­day, known as “El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Ma­gos” or the Epiphany, was spon­sored by the Prince Ge­orge’s County De­part­ment of Parks and Recre­ation. The re­li­gious ob­ser­vance cel­e­brates the bib­li­cal story of the three wise men who brought gifts to baby Je­sus.

Car­los Oca­sio, Prince Ge­orge’s County Parks and Recre­ation spe­cial­ist, served as the master of cer­e­monies, wel­com­ing fam­i­lies to the event.

Ac­cord­ing to Oca­sio, dur­ing

Above, a cou­ple of young­sters ad­mire gifts they re­ceived from the three kings. Below, sis­ters Kiara Hua­palla, 4, left, and Me­lanie Hua­palla, 5, pose for pho­tos af­ter re­ceiv­ing their pre­sents dur­ing the ninth an­nual Three Kings Day Cel­e­bra­tion held at the Col­lege Park Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Jan. 5.

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