Jan 06 2023
Today at Xior The Lofttown, your student residence, we tell you the whole story of Three Kings Day in Spain, while the preparations are finalized for its magical celebration. In Spain, the celebration of the Epiphany on January 6 is known as Three Kings Day.
Three Kings Day commemorates the story of the three wise men who visited Jesus after his birth. According to the Bible, the wise men followed a star to Bethlehem, where they gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This day celebrates the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi.
In many countries, Three Kings Day is a reason for family reunions, gift giving and religious celebrations. Children usually receive large gifts or sweets, and it is a tradition to buy or cook a “roscón de reyes” on this day. Many people also attend church on Three Kings Day, where they hear the story of the Magi and the birth of Jesus.
In addition to gift-giving, Three Kings Day is also celebrated with parades and processions in honor of the three kings. Floats with actors dressed as kings usually participate in these parades, as well as live music and dance performances.
History of the Cavalcade in Barcelona
It is said that the first references to the presence of the Three Kings in Barcelona date back to the Corpus Christi processions of the 14th century. However, the first parades that were officially registered in the city date from the end of the 18th century, being held intermittently until the beginning of the 20th century.
Later, during the first decades of the last century, the parade had a charitable focus in order to help the most needy in the city. Later, during the Civil War, the parade was interrupted until 1942 by order of the Barcelona City Council.
Roscon de Reyes
The Roscón de Reyes is the highlight of the Three Kings Day celebrations. This cake is shaped like an open circle, or crown, and contains candied fruit and dried fruit to represent the crown jewels of the Magi. This tradition requires that a small magician king be hidden inside the cake and a bean. Tradition says that whoever finds the bean has to pay the amount of the roscón, and if you find the king, you will enjoy a prosperous New Year.
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Have an amazing year 2023!