How is the Epiphany celebrated in Spain? Cheyenne Medkiff 1/13/17

In Spain, El Día de los Reyes Magos, or Three King's Day, is the celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord. It is celebrated on January 6 and refers to when the Three Kings followed a star and traveled far to bear three gifts to the baby Jesus.
The three gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
On December 26th, it is a tradition for the children to write letters to the three kings (rather than Santa Claus) about what gifts they would like. Día de los Reyes Magos is a big day to exchange gifts in Spanish culture.
On the eve of the Epiphany (January 5th), the children leave out their shoes with sweets and straw in them for the Three Kings and the camels to eat . The children wake up in the morning to presents under the tree or in their stockings.
Spanish people eat a Roscón de los Reyes, which is a fruit filled pastry decorated with a paper crown and a dried fava bean. The person who takes the crown is the king or queen of the house for the day and whoever finds the dried bean has to pay for the pastry the following year.

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http://www.mamalisa.com/blog/january-6th-the-day-of-the-three-wise-men-and-the-epiphany/

http://www.thespainscoop.com/the-epiphany-in-spain/

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/epiphany.shtml

http://www.latintimes.com/what-dia-de-los-reyes-6-facts-about-three-wise-men-day-latin-america-361829

http://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/spain-facts.html

https://za.pinterest.com/pin/542683823823234898/

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