The Three Kings holiday

by Lisa
(USA)

How do Spaniards celebrate the Three Kings holiday?

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Jan 14, 2013
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School on Three Kings
by: Zora

Nope! Lucky you. :)

Jan 10, 2013
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3 kings
by: Anonymous

Do I go to school on 3 kings ?

Jan 07, 2012
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The Three Kings Holiday
by: Anonymous

Thanks Mabella. It's a very nice trivia

Jan 01, 2012
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Three Kings parade
by: Marbella Family

This year (2012) the Marbella Three Kings parade starts at 6pm and the San Pedro parade starts at 6:30pm. You can find out more details about their route on the Marbella Christmas events page.

Dec 31, 2011
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when is it?
by: Anonymous

what time is the parade? and where?

Jan 02, 2010
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The Three Kings in Spain
by: Marbella Family

The holiday celebrates the visit of the Three Kings to worship and bring gifts to the new-born Jesus Christ. In Spain, it has traditionally be the most important day that culminates the ¨Christmas¨ holidays.

The Three Kings are celebrated pretty much like Christmas´ Santa Claus. Children write a letter to the Kings asking for their desired toys. Many cities set up locations where the kids can deposit their letter to the ¨Royal mailman¨.

On January 5th, cities organize ¨la Cabalgata de Reyes¨, a festive parade across town with the Kings mounted on big chariots and throwing candies to all the kids around. This is a major event attended by most families. Some parades are very spectacular and shown on TV.

On the night of January 5th to 6th, the children clean their shoes and leave them out with a little snack for the Kings and their camels. During the night, the Kings bring them presents if they have been good during the year or a piece of coal...

On January 6th, people eat ¨el Róscon de Reyes¨, a sweet bread with a small surprise (Jesus or other figurine) in its dough. The person who ¨eats¨ the surprise becomes King for the day.

Depending on the calendar, January 7th often marks the day back to school. Because the children have had little time to enjoy their toys, many Spanish families have started also celebrating the December 25th holiday, splitting presents between the two days.

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