Manetgna: Three Magi
“The Adoration of the Magi” by Andrea Mantegna

Drie koningen found on Flickr
Photograph by Sint-Katelijne-Waver, found on Flickr.

Happy to see some children are still enjoying the celebration of the Three Kings. It’s a tradition that is slowly being replaced here by the better marketed Halloween. I used to do it as a kid: on January 6th, three friends would dress up as the wise men, we’d make a turning star on a stick and go from door to door, singing a song. People would give us money or candy. There’s also a special pie with a bean in it. And the kid who gets the piece with the bean, gets to be the black king. We’d hold a wine cork in a flame and rub it on his or her face, making it black.

3 thoughts on “Driekoningen”

  1. Kids acting out these stories – does that happen much anymore? It seems like it doesn’t… Interesting connection between certain holiday traditions and computer games.

    In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, the bean is bad luck – it originally meant that you’d get chosen for the human sacrifice. I’m not sure what its origins are in real life history though.

    I had a very beautiful dream one time where I was playing a Three Kings game – something like a cross between Plasma Pong and a color matching game. Not much substance, but it was pretty. :)

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