The Three Kings - a magical tradition

King's Cake Roscon de Reyes

The celebration of  The Three Kings is the most important celebration in the Festive Calendar in La Peninsula. 

It celebrates the arrival of the three wise men in Bethlehem after Jesus’ birth. The celebrations start on the night of the 5th of January with ‘La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos’ which are a serious of incredible parades organised by the Town Halls of each town and city.  At these parades children are able to see the majestic Three Kings on their camels accompanied by angels, shepherds and acrobats, .  The Three Kings – Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar throw sweets and presents to the children as they walk across the streets of the town.

After visiting the parade and with the pockets full of sweets, families gather at their homes to have a special family meal. The Three Kings or Wise Men perform the same role as Santa Claus at Christmas so on the evening of the 5th children leave go to bed while grownups stay up until very late chatting and having fun.

On the morning o the 6th of January presents will be opened and everyone will have Roscon de Reyes for breakfast.  The Roscon de Reyes is delicious sweet bread which is dipped in hot chocolate or coffee in the morning. 

If you follow the link below you will learn about the history of this delicious cake and the traditions attached to it Roscón de Reyes Recipe (Spanish Kings' Cake) - Spanish Sabores