On both Thursday and Friday, the public has a chance to sample the Latin American way to welcome those three kings, who bear gifts for the baby Jesus.
The Feast of the Three Kings (or Fiesta de Reyes) marks the culmination of the Christmas season — and the traditional time in many parts of Spain and Latin America when children receive their gifts.
Both local events are free and open to the public, and they will be in both English and Spanish.
-- On Thursday, a celebration focused on kids will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in a former tool rental building at 2222 W. Washington Ave., South Bend. (To get there, head north on Olive Street, pass Western Avenue and the railroad tracks, and turn right on Washington; it’s the first building on the right.)
Three people in king costumes will present gifts to almost 200 kids who’ve already been preselected through local organizations.