Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Christmas Celebration in Spain - The Three Wise Kings

The night between the 5th and 6th of January is a very special night in Spain.  We celebrate the arrival of Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, popularly known as the Three Wise Kings and based upon the biblical figures of three foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth offering him gold, frankincense and myrrh.

According to the tradition, at the beggining of December children send a letter to the Three Wise Kings explaining what presents they want to receive while they tell them how well they behaved and promise to be good children in the future.

Sample of a letter for their Royal Highnesses the Three Wise Kings of Orient

Children and adults await with excitement the afternoon of the 5th of January when parades celebrated in big and small cities all around Spain show the arrival of the Three Wise Kings and their entourage of pages who throw candies while the pass by.

Arrival of the Three Wise Kings to San Sebastian (north of Spain)
source: rtve

Once they are back home, children will prepare some milk and traditional Christmas sweets for the kings and some water for their camels. They will also leave their slippers under the Christmas tree and go to bed very early.
The morning after the house is full with joy and excitement. Children wake up earlier than ever to find out whether the Three Wise Kings brought what they asked for in their letters. Usually they will also receive some sugar coal to remind them of the times when they didn't behave so well.

Sugar coal for "bad" children
source: tvcocina

Then all the family will have breakfast together to enjoy the Roscón de Reyes, a ring shaped cake made with orange-flower water which hides a little surprise figurine inside.

Roscón de Reyes filled with cream
source: matemo

After this day we can say that Christmas is officially finished.


My name is Maite and "matemo" is my little creative corner. I love all types of crafts but I spend most of my time knitting and crocheting. I like to make things for the home, fashion accesories and baby clothing.


1 comment:

  1. This was so interesting! Love hearing how other countries celebrate the holiday. Thanks so much for sharing!