A whole procession of dancers and musicians, trailers and even floats, will follow. Children run around with their little bags catching their gifts. It is truly a sight to see. The little girls dress up in their flamenco dresses, little boys as kings, drummers or shepherd boys. And the shops remain open until after midnight.
The children wake in great excitement the next morning to find their presents. The 6th itself is fiesta day when there are often medieval fairs held, and celebrations of all kinds. Great fun for all the family.
A play is held in the town square which tells the story of Herod ordering his roman soldiers to seek out this new king which has been born.
There are stalls selling trinkets, toys, food and other goodies.
You can see potters and craftsmen going about their work. There are donkeys, geese and turkeys on display, giving a real biblical feel to the fair.
Next come musicians, jugglers and jokers with games for the children to play on this special day. Always lots of sweets and fun for the children.
After lunch, families eat the typical dessert of the day, the ‘Roscón de los Reyes’. This is a large ring shaped cake or sweet bread that is decorated with candied fruits, symbolic of the emeralds and rubies that adorned the robes of the three kings, sometimes a gold paper crown is often provided to decorate the cake. Hidden inside it are surprises ‘sorpresas’. The one who finds the lucky prize is King or Queen for the day while he who ends up with the unlucky bean is expected to pay for next years Kings’ Cake – and they are not cheap!
Happy Three King's Day everyone.