October 17, 2017

Los Reyes Magos in Marbella, The End of the Festive Season

Marbella Christmas

Thousands of Marbella residents and their sweet toothed children line the Ricardo Soriano every year for the Three Kings Parade.

Marbella Christmas

The twelve days of Christmas end with the Feast of Epiphany also called Los Tres Reyes Magos.

Celebrated on January 6, it is known as the day of the Three Kings (or wise men/magi): Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. According to the Bible, these three kings saw, on the night when Christ was born, a bright star, followed it to Bethlehem and found there the Christchild and presented it with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

When December comes, all the boys and girls in Spain and Latin America start to write their letters to the Three Kings or to their favorite King: Melchor, Gaspar or Baltasar. They write about the things they’d like to receive on the morning of the 6th of January, (which is the day the presents get delivered) and also about their behavior during the year. If they’ve been good, they get presents; if they’ve been bad, they get a piece of coal.

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