The 5th and 6th of January are very special days in the Andalucian region – THREE KINGS. Its like Christmas day in many ways.
The story of Three Kings is at dusk on the 5th of January there are many parades throughout Andalucia with the Three Kings, Melchor, Gazpar and Ballasur parading through the towns full of happy smiling people on their trucks and floats passing through a mass of local people with their children. They throw out sweets to the waiting children who just cannot get enough of them. Be warned, if you are a parent bring bags with you, there are literally thousands of these sweets. The children love the sweets and the collecting of them.
On the night of the 5th, the children in tradition will leave their shoes out the night before they receive their presents to support the weight of deliveries the Three Kings have to make (similar to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve).
The 6th January – Three Kings Day!
Breakfast is the most important part of the day celebrating with a Three Kings Cake. It is sweet and packed with sugar and dried fruits. Bakers will hide a small prize inside as well as a bean. The lucky person who finds the prize becomes king or queen for the day wearing a crown (normally supplied by the baker). The one who finds the bean however is expected to pay for the cake the following year and they can be up to ten times the amount of a normal cake.
Three Kings day is a very family orientated day where they will exchange gifts and eat special meals together – just like Christmas Day!
Happy Three Kings everyone and may you all have everything you expect to receive during 2017.