viernes, 6 de enero de 2017


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


On the 5th of January in Spain, in the afternoon, it is traditional the Cavalcade of the Three Wise Men, they parade with their entourage and throw candy to the children. During the magical night of 5th to 6th, children are waiting for the Three Wise Men at home. Children put their shoes and food for the kings in a visible place of the house. They must be asleep when the kings arrive. They visit all the places and listen to the kids' requests. If they are good, they will receive the gifts. If  they were not, they would receive charcoal.


On the 6th of January, children play with the presents. Furthermore, many people take part in the "Lottery of the Child" and share "Roscón de Reyes", a typical cake, with a cup of hot chocolate.  The "Roscón" is a bun with a ring shape. It is decorated with bits of frosty fruit, symbol of the rubies and emeralds that adorned the colourful 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, it is assumed you have to pay the next "Roscón".

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