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Magic Kings parade

  • 18 Kontxa Pasealekua Donostia Spain (map)

Spanish winter holidays start on Christmas eve and end with fairy kings parade - an important Catholic ritual that symbolizes the journey of the Magi from all over the world to Jerusalem to present gifts for a newborn Jesus.  A ritual that nowadays is very similar to Santa Claus’s visit on Christmas eve.  Biblical characters kings Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar represent three generations of men, moving from three continents (Europe, Asia and Africa) on camels with presents to Jesus. Back then kings gifted gold, frankincense and myrrh, but children nowadays make their wish lists with more relevant gifts.  They leave milk for kings and even cookies for camels before going to bed. Upon arrival to the city, the kings throw candies and children respond the same.

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, is a hidden figure of a king and whoever gets this figure will be happy in the new year, and yet must pay for everyone's treats.

Earlier Event: December 21
Santo Tomás
Later Event: January 20