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Happy Epiphany!

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Today's the day I got my toys as a kid. Despite having been banned by the communist regime, my family celebrated it privately. The Three Kings would come last night in their camels to give me the presents I had asked for in my letter. And today was the last day of our Christmas tree, put up in the back of the house. Strangely, the Castro government had set up a national raffle done in households precincts for the kids to get rationed toys coming from USSR or GDR, but any reference to the religious celebration was forbidden.  Still, within my family it was still "Magi Kings Day". My mom used to go to the countryside and exchange her clothes with raffle winning tickets for me to have a proper Kings Day. I never knew until years later, as a teen.

I hope the Three Wise Men/Magi/Kings bring you everything you ask for on this new year. On top of everything, health. Health for you and your loved ones!

Me as a kid in Cuba in a closed doors church celebration of Epiphany.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154486918974191&id=647664190

And here's a celebration of Epiphany by baroque Cuban composer Esteban Salas.

 

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Last day for our Christmas lights.

The same to you, cubanmiamiboy, and to all who are celebrating.  Thank you for the link, it's beautiful.

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