Families in Holyoke gathered at Lawrence Community School Friday night to celebrate a Hispanic Christmas tradition. 

The school held a Three Kings celebration in their school cafeteria. Three Kings Day is a holiday celebrated by Hispanic communities around the world.

The free, educational event featured a sampling of holiday treats and singing and dancing from a local Puerto Rican cultural band.

Each student and their siblings also received gifts from volunteers dressed as the Three Kings. 

Aida Nieves, a parent volunteer at the event, told 22News it’s an important day, “It’s part of our culture. Bringing it to the school brings the families together and also engages them to see what the school is doing for our kids…they’re trying to keep their culture alive.”

In many Hispanic communities, January 6 is traditionally the day children receive their Christmas gifts in commemoration of the Three Kings’ visit to Christ.