Spanish winter holidays that start on Christmas eve end with the Three Kings parade. This important Catholic ritual symbolizes the journey of kings from different parts of the world to Jerusalem where they presented gifts to the newborn Jesus. Biblical characters Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar represent three generations of men that came from three continents (Europe, Asia and Africa) on camels with presents for Jesus. This is how the tradition of giving gifts to children on this day has started. The tradition similar of the arrival of Santa Clause on Christmas eve. Children write wish lists and leave milk for kings and even cookies for camels before going to bed. Upon arrival to the city, kings greet children by throwing candies and later collect their letters.
The so-called "royal ring" (Roscón de Reyes) decorated with "treasures" made of succade is an important holiday treat. Inside the round dough-rolls, filled with whipped cream or cream hides a figure of a king and whoever gets it will be happy in the new year, and yet must pay for everyone's treats.
Schedule of events:
11:00 - Miramar palace
15:30 - 17:30 City Hall
18:00 - parade through the following streets in the center: Hernani, Avenida, Urbieta, Prim, Bergara, Idiaquez, Plaza Gipuzkoa, Legazpi and Boulevard.