What's On in Spain: 5 - 6 January - The Magic Kings or Kings' Day - Epiphany

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5 - 6 January – The Magic Kings or Kings' Day – Epiphany

Día de Reyes o Los Reyes Magos - Epifanía del Señor

5 - 6 Diciembre – The Magic Kings – Epiphany Día de Reyes o Los Reyes Magos – Epifanía del Señor

The Magic Kings or Kings' Day – Epiphany

Día de Reyes o Los Reyes Magos Epifanía del Señor

Where: All Regions

National Holiday

What about?

The arrival of the Three Kings from the Orient is a big celebration throughout Spain. The Procession of the Three Kings (Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos) is a popular Christmas tradition throughout Spain. Celebrations in whole Spain include theatrical re-enactments, pageants sceneries and enough sweet distribution to keep every city or town happy until next year. In an elaborated procession were throwing sweets to the children and promise to bring them gifts later in the night. The Procession of the Three Kings, accompanied by helpers, greets the crowds with handfuls of sweets. Carriages are equipped with thousands of kilos of sweets and traditionally wind their way through the streets. At the final destination, there are numerous theatrical activities for children. Epiphany is traditionally celebrated through the giving of gifts to children in memory of the three wise men who, Christians believe, visited Jesus in the pesebre - manger. On the night 5th January day is awaited with more anticipation by Spanish children than Christmas Eve, for the Reyes Magos, or Three Wise Men, that are the Latin equivalent of Father Christmas. According to Hispanic tradition, gifts are exchanged on Epiphany rather than Christmas Day. The Three King - Three Wise Men or the Reyes Magos, who shower the crowds with sweets during the nationwide Processions of the Three Kings. Every town and city in Spain has its own Procession of the Three Kings (Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos) and children with excitement wait for them. Children tend to leave water in the balconies in order to water the camels and go to bed early and sometimes, parents dress up at dawn to Kings to surprise the kids. It is traditional for children to leave their shoes on their windowsills and fill them with straw for the horses of the visiting trio, who deliver presents to the children on the morning of the 6 January. The next morning gifts (toys) are in the dining room. In house uncles and grandparents tend to leave gifts for children. On 6th January usually gathering families buy a Roscón de Reyes (a huge doughnut shaped cake with a gift inside) and it is split into portions and who gets it then will have a Happy New Year.

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