How Three Kings Day Is Celebrated in Spain
Three Kings Day, or Dia de los Reyes , falls on January 6 every year. It’s the day that most children in Spain receive their Christmas presents. On the eve of January 5, children leave their shoes by the door with hopes that the three kings (Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar ) will leave gifts inside during their overnight visit. According to the New Testament the three wise men travelled from the east, and arrived in Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Thus it stands to reason that January 6th should be the day to exchange presents, not Christmas Day.
Another essential part of Three Kings Day in Spain is the roscon de los reyes, or kings’ cake. The ring-shaped pastry is decorated to look like a crown that a king would wear. It is often topped with glazed fruits, representing the colourful jewels on a crown.
And then, on the evening of January 5th (“Twelfth Night”) the Three Kings start their parade through the streets, just as they do in almost every town and village across Spain. Calpe, Moraira & Javea all have their own parades. Some details are as follows.
Calpe: The Three Kings will be parading through the streets of Calpe during the evening of Saturday 5th January 2019. They will leave the Plaza Colon at 17:30 and following the traditional route will arrive at the Plaza de la Villa,
Moraira: 17:00 starting from L’Ampolla Beach followed by a parade to the Plaza de la Iglesia. (Details from last year)
Javea: 17:00 Three Kings arrive at the port, they parade along Calles Aduanas and Avenida Jaime I. Then the Three Kings Parade continues along Calle Juan Carlos I, Avenida de Alicante, Ronda Norte, Principe de Asturias, finishing at the Placeta del Conven where the presents will be given out.