Dear readers, this week ‘H’ is for *H*oliday here in Spain – Los Reyes Magos ...
Every year the Three Kings Parade is held on the eve of January 5 usually consisting of three wise men on horses or camels dispensing sweets amongst the crowds (above). It’s known as Twelfth Night, Epifania Del Señor or Reyes Magos (Three Kings/Wise Men), recounting of course the story of Melchior, Casper and Balthazar’s gifts for Jesus.
In celebration of this event, the Spanish traditionally give and receive gifts just like Santa on Christmas Eve. The Three Kings deliver gifts to all the children throughout Spain on the night of the 5th and some children leave food and drink for them (and their camels!).
On January 6, the children open their gifts and enjoy the traditional Roscón de Reyes (below).
Traditionally, the Roscón de Reyes ("Epiphany crown"), a sweet bread baked in the form of a crown, has always contained small toys or coins. A porcelain figure of a baby wrapped in foil and a dry bean (don’t ask!) are hidden in the dough together with other surprises. Apparently whoever finds the baby will have good luck and be the Rey of the party, but the one with the bean has to pay for the cake!
This national *h*oliday is one of the most important days of the year in Spain.
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