2.5 million schoolchildren on vacation

More than 2.5 million schoolchildren officially start their Christmas vacation today, as reported by Listin Diario. Christmas vacation in Dominican schools ends after Three Kings’ Day (Feast of the Epiphany) on January 6th. According to tradition, the Epiphany marks the day when the three wise men from the Orient arrived in Bethlehem bringing gifts of frankincense, myrrh, and gold to the newborn baby Jesus. January 6th is the day when most Dominican children receive their Christmas gifts. But this year, the Three Kings Day holiday will become a long weekend, as the government has decided to call Monday, 9 January a holiday. Schools will reopen on Tuesday, 10 January.