Wednesday, January 6, 2010

81 ~ The Three Kings

melchior Arrival of the Kings

Last night saw the arrival in Spain of the Three Kings, Los Reyes Magos, also know as The Three Wise Men or Magi, bearing gifts for the children who would have woken this morning to find them under their Christmas tree. January 6th, Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas, is here known as El Dia de Reyes and is a national holiday.

king camel 1In Tenerife on Camels

The three kings, Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar arrived in Tenerife from the orient on camels burdened with packages and as they passed through the streets, these royal gentlemen threw candies, caramelos in Spanish, to crowds of waiting children.

king on camel
In Madrid the parade, called the Cabalgata de Reyes, was a lavish affair with many floats, giant balloons and spectacular illuminated coaches, one for each of the three kings, escorted by an entourage of beautifully costumed attendants. The parade ended in Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles, famous for the fountain with the statue of the goddess Cibeles.

Madrid Plaza de Cibeles
float in parade
float parade
king waving
Balthazar Balthazar

rey 2
And proof that the children of Madrid are no fools when it comes to catching sweets thrown down to them from the passing floats, there was a sea of upturned umbrellas lining the edge of the parade. Upturned of course to catch more of the shower of candies. Clever aren't they!

Credits with thanks for images taken from the TV broadcasts of El Dia TV in Tenerife and TVE Television Española Channel 1 in Madrid.

Thanks for dropping by and ¡Hasta la Vista!


Marysol said...

Sharon, what a joyous celebration!

Los Tres Reyes Magos siempre han sido celebrados en la isla de Cuba, con carrozas, dulces y muchos regalitos.
Pero los regalos nunca aparecieron debajo del arbol de Navidad, si no, bajo mi cama.

De todas formas, mi rey preferido siempre fué Melchior, pero no recuerdo la razon por mi preferencia.

Feliz Año Nuevo, mi amiga.
And thank you for sharing such a wonderfully-magic event!

Canarybird said...

Hola amiga Sol! Feliz Año Nuevo tambien para ti y la familia!

I was going to go downtown to watch the parade but heck it was easier to stay at home where it was warmer! I think here everyone puts their gifts under the tree nowadays, judging by the amount of trees and decorations sold here. But I think the children are still warned about receiving just a lump of coal if they misbehave during the year. LOL.


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