Three Kings or Los Reyes Magos in Spanish, is celebrated each year on the evening of the 5th of January. Christmas isn't traditionally celebrated in Spain, with Three Kings taking its place in terms of family, celebration and of course lots of presents.
In Madrid on the evening of the 5th of January, you'll find the Cabalgata de Reyes Magos winding its way through the streets distributing sweets to all that gather to see it. The cabalgata consists of huge ornate floats, each with one of the Three Kings and his entourage on top, sometimes even Santa makes it onto his own float and joins the Three Kings on parade. There's bands, singing, dancing, favourite tv and film characters, all parading through the street in what is a truly magical spectacle.
Tradition has it that you go home on the night of the 5th, leave your shoes outside for the Three Kings to leave your presents and when you awake you'll find them overflowing with gifts. Breakfast on the 6th (Epiphany) is a Roscon de Reyes – a sweet bread baked in the shape of a donut, filled with cream and decorated with candied fruit and sugar. It's a delicious way to start the morning and one that also carries a hidden meaning. Inside the cake is hidden both a toy and a bean. Whoever is first to find the toy is King or Queen for the day and the unlucky person to find the bean has to buy the cake the following year.
A truly wonderful Spanish celebration and a wonderful way to finish the Christmas season this year.
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