Celebrating the Three Kings in Spain

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One of the great things about going on holiday to the Costa del Sol during the Christmas period is that you get to do it twice! The celebration of the arrival of the three kings who bring gifts to the newborn baby Jesus Christ is the most important day of the Christmas holidays in Spain.

The three kings are celebrated pretty much the same as Father Christmas. The children leave a little snack for the kings and camels on the night, similar to us leaving out sherry and a mince pie for Santa and they even write letters to the kings telling them the toys they wish for. Many cities even set up a special post box where children can leave their letters for the ‘royal mail man’ so your children could even join in too! If the children have been good that year they receive presents from the three kings during the night just like Father Christmas!

The Spanish commemorate the arrival of the three kings on the 5th January every year with a festive parade and gift giving, however as the children usually go back to school on the 7th it doesn’t leave them with much time to play with their new toys, so many families have also started to celebrate the 25th December to give them more time. The children usually receive half of their presents on Christmas day and the other half on three king’s day.

The arrival of the three kings on the 5th Jan brings much excitement to cities all over Spain and the big parades (la cabalgata de reyes) are major events and usually attended by the whole family. Some of the big parades are even televised. During the festive parade, the three kings are mounted onto big chariots and will throw sweets to the children who are waiting nearby holding umbrellas upside down in order to catch them! It’s a really fun event to take the kids to, you can find the route the parade will take and information on other Costa del Sol Christmas events on Marbella Family Fun and other websites.

Remember during the three kings it will be a national bank holiday on the 5th and 6th January so make sure to stock up on everything you need before then! If you would like a welcome pack with all the essentials ready and waiting for you at your holiday home on the Costa del Sol, send us your requirements or call us on 952 839 595

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