Three Kings Parade in Spain Date in the current year: January 5, 2024

Three Kings Parade in Spain January 5 is Three Kings Parade (Spanish name Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos or Cavalcada de Reis Mags), one of the most favorite and beloved festival in Spain that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Three Kings Parade is connected to the New Testament where it is stated that three kings Balthasar, Melchor and Gaspar led by the light of the Star of Bethlehem traveled from the farthest countries to bring the gifts to Jesus, whom they recognized at the Son of God.

The very first parade was organized in 1885 when government called for it to mark this very special holiday. Though the traditional scriptures tell of the gifts of myrrh, gold and incense, the modern kings are more prone to bring candies and other practical gifts.

This evening the streets are illuminated by festival lights and the Nativity scenes are set up in different locations. The parade begins at about 6 pm when the kings ride upon their horses (sometimes camels) along the streets.

Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos is especially beloved by children because they get presents. Every child should leave his or her shoes in a spot where the kings sure see them. Also children often leave some presents for the kings (some sweet goodies and hay for camels or horses). Next morning children delightedly discover that the hay was eaten by horses, the kings nibbled the sweets and left wrapped presents next to their shoes.

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