Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Three Wise Men

Today Christmas holidays are officially over in Spain. The reason why we enjoy a some days more of holidays than many other countries is because we celebrate Epiphany and Spanish children wait until 6th January to receive their presents from the Three Wise Men. 


Despite the many different legends and tales accounting for different numbers, names and origins of the Kings from the East, in Spain we believe them to be three, Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar. Melchior is an elderly man from Europe and brings gold to baby Jesus, Gaspar is around his forties, comes from Asia and gives frankincense to baby Jesus, Balthasar is a young African man who offers myrrh to baby Jesus.

Every year they leave the Middle East behind and come to Spain to give Christmas presents to all Spanish children. They arrive on 5th January and are greeted in every city and town with big parades. Later that night everyone will leave their shoes nearby the Christmas tree (though traditionally shoes were placed on balconies) and the Three Wise Men will leave presents to those who have been good and charcoal to the naughty ones. After opening the presents the morning of January 6th families get together to enjoy the roscón de reyes, the traditional bake to celebrate Epiphany. Really delicious and with candied fruits on top, it contains a small figure and a bean. The lucky person to find the figure will be crowned king for the day and the one who finds the bean will have to pay the bill.



8 comments:

  1. Happy three kings to you Irene! Interesting, I didn't know about this before. Would love to try roscon the reyes one day. That sounds a fun way of celebrating it. :)

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    1. Thank you!
      It is a really wonderful day in Spain, specially for children but I still get vey excited about it :)

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  2. Merry Christmas! Thanks also for dropping by my blog and checking out my post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts too!
    Have a happy time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra
    www.svetusvet.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the nice wishes!
      Hope you had a lovely celebration :)

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  3. Thanks for stopping by! Best wishes for 2013 as well! Hope it brings you many blogging opportunities ;)

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    1. Thanks!
      The same to you Gill, have a great 2013 and a wonderful blogging year!

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  4. I learned about the Three Wise Men in elementary school, but didn't know that it was celebrated so (gifts for children). That is so interesting! We have "king cake" here in New Orleans. If I get one this year, I'll feature it on the blog.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. That's really interesting about the King Cake. It's always nice to learn new things about different places in the world.
      As far as I know, I think the Three Wise Men day is still celebrates in Spain, Mexico and some other countries in Latin America.

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