Spanish Christmas or Three Holy Kings (6th January) - See the parade TODAY (5th January)
In some places, the night of the 5th January, a parade* representing this very arrival of the Three Holy Kings in Bethlehem is being held and many children and their parents cheer joyfully in anticipation of gifts as the Three Kings in their royal garment are passing by on their horse or in a horse-cart.
While in Northern Europe the Christmas gifts are being given or received around the 24th or 25th December, Spanish kids have to remain patient a few more days and await the Day of the arrival of the Three Holy Kings, Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar at the crib in Bethlehem, on the 6th January.
In some places, the night before, a parade* representing this very arrival is being held and many children and their parents cheer joyfully in anticipation of gifts as the Three Kings in their royal garment are passing by on their horse or in a horse-cart.
And on the 6th they will finally receive their presents. But before, they have to write a wish list to the Kings, marking also, what good deeds they have done to deserve their presents. The night of the 5th January they leave sweets to woo them with and even water and food for the camels, on which these kings are said to have arrived in Bethlehem. And if they have been good, they will get presents in return, if they have been bad however, they’ll find nothing but a piece of coal.
Typically, the Roscón de Reyes (King’s Bread), a round sweet bread, is being baked, served and eaten that day, which contains a little figurine in the shape of a baby Jesus. The person, whose slice of Roscón has the figurine in it, is blessed and must take it to church on Candlemas Day on 2nd February.
Wishing you a wonderful Three Holy Kings-day!
Your Mallorca Gold team