Three Kings Day Celebrated

Photo by Michael Walsh - WEST HAVEN — The three kings - portrayed by, from left, New Haven Superintendent of Schools Reginald Mayo, West Haven Mayor John M. Picard and New Haven Alderman Jorge Perez, D-5, not pictured - hand out toys to four youngsters at the annual Three Kings Day celebration Jan. 6 at McDonald’s on Campbell Avenue.

Photo by Michael Walsh - WEST HAVEN — The three kings - portrayed by, from left, New Haven Superintendent of Schools Reginald Mayo, West Haven Mayor John M. Picard and New Haven Alderman Jorge Perez, D-5, not pictured - hand out toys to four youngsters at the annual Three Kings Day celebration Jan. 6 at McDonald’s on Campbell Avenue.

WEST HAVEN— More than 3,000 area children ages 10 and younger received toys donated by the Rodriguez family, owners and operators of the West Haven, New Haven and Derby McDonald’s restaurants. Celebrated 12 days after Christmas marking the end of the holiday season, Three Kings Day, also known as Epiphany, is a traditional Hispanic cultural event commemorating the biblical story of the three kings - Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar - who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring treasure gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus.