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Friday, 5 January 2007

Kings Day in Spain

The Fiesta de los Reyes on the 5th of January every year is celebrated all over Spain. This is the evening before Kings Day when the three kings of Orient bring their Christmas presents to the children.

Three men dress up as the kings, one with a black face, and ride through the town in a procession, with excited children accompanying them on the floats and scattering sweets to their friends enviously watching from the pavement.

The processions form up in a side street in every town and village on the Costa del Sol before setting off around 6pm with crowds lining the route. After every sweet has been picked up everybody goes home for a formal family evening meal before opening their presents from the Three Kings.

The better the children have been during the year, the more presents they get from the Three Kings. It’s a great spectacle and well worth taking the children along to see.

Best of all the 6th of January, Kings Day, is a public holiday all over Spain and sometimes the next day is as well to give the children time to play with their presents. Come to Spain if you like lots of holidays!

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