A holiday we celebrate in Latin America and Spain.
In this holiday we commemorate the arriving of the Three Kings – Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar-- to see Little Jesus with presents for him (gold, frankincense and myrrh).
Days before children leave letters on the Christmas tree asking for the presents they want. In January 5 they leave a shoe for the three kings to leave their presents. Also children leave cookies and milk for them to eat.
In that day in Spain in all of the towns the Three Kings participate in a parade were they show the presents they are going to give. These parades are beautiful traditions full of color and music that children love. They throw candies at everyone. Candies can hit you in the head so be warned!
I watched once the Three Kings parade in Madrid and it was beautiful with immense displays going through the down town streets. Anyway I put here some videos so you can see it.
In Spain inside the Rosca is a doll, the one that gets the doll in his piece has to pay the Rosca.
In México the one or ones that get the doll have to make a party on February 2 ( Dia de la Candelaria) the day of the presentation of Jesus in the temple. The party must have tamales and atole (a hot sweet drink thickened with corn flour).
Right now I am going to help the three kings with the presents and see if they want to share a little milk and chocolate. ;)
Maybe I can persuade them of giving me presents instead of coal…
Whether you celebrate or not this Holiday, I hope you have a beautiful Thursday!