viernes, 6 de enero de 2017

6 TH JANUARY, DAY OF THREE WISE MEN OR MAGI IN SPAIN: "EL ROSCÓN"



The Three Wise Men or Magicians Kings (Magi: Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar), who came from the East with gifts appear in the Holy Scriptures, Gospel of St. Matthew, (Matt. 2:1). They followed a star and found the new King (Jesus) and offered him three presents: gold, frankincense and myrrh to the newborn child in Bethlehem (Belén).

On the 5th of January in Spain, in the afternoon, it is traditional the Cavalcade of the Three Wise Men or Magi, in which they parade with their entourage and they throw candy to the children. During the magical night of 5 to 6 January, the children are waiting for the Three Wise Men at home because they are going to leave presents. Children put their shoes in a visible place of the house and leave food for the kings, their pages and their camels. They must be asleep when the kings arrive, they visit all the places and listen to the kids' requests. If they have been good, they will receive the gifts or toys that they have ordered in their letters written to the kings in early December. If not, they will receive charcoal.

On the 6th, the children play with the toys and visit their relatives to collect the gifts that the the Three Wise Men have left in their homes.

This holiday, many people take part in the "lottery of the child" and share "the roscón of the Three Wise Men", typical cake, with a cup of hot chocolate.  The "roscón" is a bun with a ring shape and decorated with bits of frosty fruit, symbol of the rubies and emeralds that adorned the colorful robes of the Magi. The cake hides two surprises inside: If you discover a gift, you are lucky; but if you discover a dry bean, you have to pay the next "roscón".

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