Día De Los Reyes In Spain Daniel Zubero 1-13-16

In Spain, people celebrate the Epiphany on January 6th. The Epiphany is also known as Three Kings' Day, which refers to the gospel of Matthew. The three Kings were named Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar and represent Arabia, Africa and Europe. They traveled on horse, camel and elephant and brought with them gold, frankincense and myrrh to give to baby Jesus.

The Nativity Scene - The Birth of Jesus

In Spain, children write their letters of what they’d like for Christmas to the Three Kings, not to Santa Clause. In America, Christmas is a day for giving gifts and spending time with family, but for most families in Spain, Día de los Reyes is always a day to exchange gifts.

The Three Kings

The traditions on this day are for children (and sometimes adults) to leave out their polished shoes, some sweets, and some milk or wine on the night of January 5th. It's the same way how you would leave out cookies and milk out for Santa, but they leave it out for the Three Kings. On the morning of January 6th, children wake up with excitement to a tree stocked with presents. They also wake up to a breakfast meal known as Roscón, which is a donut-shaped sweetbread, sprinkled with candied fruits. Inside of the Roscón is a figurine of baby Jesus as well as a dried fava bean. Whoever finds baby Jesus first is crowned king or queen of the house for the day, and whoever funded the dried bean has to pay for the Roscón for next year.


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Created with images by Paul and Jill - "the night before Epiphany" • Victoria Reay - "Palma" • Wonderlane - "Star of Bethlehem, Magi - wise men or wise kings travel on camels with entourage across the deserts to find the savior, moon, desert, Holy Bible, Etching, 1885" • atuperlu - "Roscón de Reyes" • Efraimstochter - "spain flag flutter"

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