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Three Kings Day Celebrations

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Here in Spain the most important date in the Christmas season is not December 25. It is January 6, Epiphany, the day Three Kings from the east brought gifts to the infant Jesus.  Fiesta de Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) starts on January 5 when the Three Wise Men arrive and parade through the streets handing out candies to all the children eagerly waiting. The parade ends at a church where the Kings become part of a human nativity scene. That night the children put out their shoes and in the morning, if they have been good all year, they find gifts from the Magi. They leave out treats for the Kings and water for the camels. (Like children in North America do for Santa Claus) There are many parties and family dinners on January 6th.

We had the pleasure of experiencing this event here on the Costa Blanca. In Torrevieja, a coastal town, the Kings, Gaspar, representing frankincense, Melchior, representing gold, and Balthazar, representing myrrh, arrived by boat. They greeted all of us in Spanish and English, waving as they passed by to join the parade.

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Along with their entourage, the Kings joined the traditional Epiphany parade through town. It was quite a spectacle with a display of animals, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, Romans, Egyptians, dancers, riders and Royal pages. We enjoyed the pageantry and spirit of the evening. The excited children lined up holding out bags for the many candies they received from the participants in the parade, including the Three Kings.

Here is a sample of what we saw.

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On January 6, we attended a Kings Day party around the pool and were treated to traditional Kings Day cake called Roscón. It is a sweet, large donut-shaped bread covered in glazed cherries and sugar. A plastic toy is buried inside the mixture. He or she who finds the toy gets good luck for the next year. We didn´t find a toy but enjoyed the cake and the company.

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Another Spanish tradition for us to discover!

Of course it is also the end of the Christmas season as the trees and decorations are coming down and things are going back to regular routine after a month of celebration.

Happy Kings Day everyone!!

 

40 Responses to "Three Kings Day Celebrations"

What a beautiful custom. Thanks for sharing, Darlene. I can tell you really enjoy your new home!

Thanks Christa. It is very interesting here. Everyone loves to celebrate and it is infectious.

I’m so happy that you’re showing us around Spain. It’s wonderful to see what other countries do and why.

Who were the two young women in the last picture? New neighbors, just random people? They sure gave you a big smile!

And who in their right mind was herding geese in a parade? That seems to be hard to do right without the geese taking off.

Nancy

The lovely young women are daughters of residents in my in-laws complex. Lovely smiles!
I wish I would have got a picture of the geese herder. The geese followed her very well, stopped when she told them to and started again when she did. The children threw popcorn but they didn´t even leave the flock to get it. Well trained I guess.
It was difficult to take pictures as the crowd was huge and lively and I was being jostled around. All part of the fun though.

The Spanish know how to live and enjoy life more than we North Americans do. Love the pageantry, the costumes and parade. I would so love to have been there. Thanks so much for sharing this new experience. I’m loving it. ❤ ❤ ❤

I agree, it´s not all about making money but more about having fun and spending time with family and friends here. I love it!

These celebrations are unique, Darlene. Such and inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well with you and the family in your new home.
blessings ~ maxi

Wonderful to experience these traditions of your new country!

How nice to see you showing us Spanish traditions. We in the USA have to hang up Christmas after December 25. Like Spain, Ukraine has their gift-giving in January too. It certainly matches the “We Three Kings” motif.

It is nice to see the different way other cultures celebrate. I think Three KIngs Day makes a lot of sense.

I just clicked on your post again after having read a friend’s reference to Epiphany. I just put away our nativity set and the wooden camels on the piano – a good reminder of divine gift-giving!

I also just put the Nativity set away as well as the tree and other decorations. I leave the cards up for another week as some come late and I like to view them. I don´t like seeing the end of this season but life must go on!

Thank you for sharing this wonderful celebration with us. I knew nothing about it. I loved the photos. Such an exciting time in your life with so many new experiences! Umh — I see a great PB for American kids.

I have so many ideas in my head right now for possible books. Once settled, I will get to work on them. Glad to have introduced you to this great event.

Wow Darlene I have so enjoyed your post and learnt so much from it . It must be a lovely country to live in you lucky lady enjoy .
Cherryx

So pleased you enjoyed this post. It is a very lovely country with wonderful traditions.

Nice to see you enjoying all the Spanish traditions and el Roscón de Reyes is lovely and light. I was glad to discover they also do it in France. 🙂

I really do enjoy these unique traditions here in Spain. The cake is not too sweet which I enjoy.

Looks like a lot of fun!

It is really for the kids but the adults get right into it as well. It is a lot of fun!!

It’s true that in North America we are too uptight most of the time. Our ancestors’ traditions and celebrations have long been lost, on the most part. We have to be reminded to play, I think.
Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, Darlene.

I believe you are right about this. I did not miss the commercialism of Christmas in North America although it was a big part of my life for a long time. But the feelings of love and compassion are with everyone all over the world.

Happy new year and best wishes to you and yours for health, happiness, peace & prosperity in 2015!

Thank you Russell and all the best to you as well in 2015!

What wonderful photos, Darlene! It looks as though your move is really agreeing with you. So happy to know that!

So far, so good. It is a huge adjustment. But I love the culture and relaxed atmosphere.

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Reblogged this on Darlene Foster's Blog and commented:

Happy Three Kings Day – Fiesta de Los Tres Reyes Magos
Here is my post from last year.

Happy three kings day, Darlene. The Spanish seem to be very good at these sorts of celebrations. It’s encouraging that they keep old traditions alive when we’re so often swamped by modern commercialism. I like the geese. 🙂

I loved the geese as well. We went to a smaller parade closer to our house this year. It was good but no animals and I loved the animals. I am glad they keep these old traditions alive.

I was surprised to see the geese marching right along. The cake sounds good.

I loved the geese too! They usually feature animals in the Kings parade. The cake is yummy!

Geese? That must have been fun herding them. And a white donkey. Ours is the colour of the one in front of it. This looks like a really cool parade. Thanks for sharing.

Glad you enjoyed it. Apparently one year they even had bulls in the parade. In the larger cities the Three Kings ride camels so it looks very authentic.

wonderful traditions and celebrations!!

Thanks for commenting. They are wonderful and I´m so glad I am here to experience them.

Darlene, it’s interesting to learn that Epiphany is more important there than Christmas Day. In Germany’s Bavaria region, I remember children dressing up as the three kings, going from home to home to bless houses by writing above each doorway in chalk.

It seems that there is a wonderful sense of community there, reminiscent of what we’ve experienced in other parts of Europe. Continue to soak it all up and enjoy!

Thanks Tricia. I thought you would enjoy this tradition.

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