The Three Kings Day, or El Día de los Reyes Magos, is one of the biggest celebrations in Spain, comparable only to Christmas. Every year on the night of January 5th, Spanish families gather to celebrate the arrival of Melchor, Gaspar and Balthasar to Bethlehem.
The Three Kings Day is a continuation of Christmas for Spanish children, who receive presents and sweets from the three kings instead of from Santa Claus. Children hang their stockings near the window, and the three kings travel overnight to fill them with little presents. On the morning of January 6th, the children wake up to find their stockings filled with surprises!
One of the highlights of Three Kings Day is the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos or the parade of the three kings. The parade usually takes place the night before, with people dressing up as kings, camels, and other characters. It’s a festive atmosphere with plenty of music and dancing.
The Three Kings Day also marks the end of the Christmas season in Spain. On this day, Spanish families get together to enjoy one last big meal before they start the new year. In some regions, tradition dictates that a “Roscón de Reyes” (king cake) is made with a little figurine hidden inside. Whoever finds the figurine in their portion of the cake is said to have good luck for the year ahead.
The Three Kings Day is an important holiday in Spanish culture and is a time for families to come together and celebrate. It’s a memorable holiday where kids get to experience the magic of the kings, and adults get to enjoy the last of the Christmas season.