Friday, 7 January 2011

Three Kings in Spain

How happy the children of Spain must have been on the 6th January when they awoke to find that they had been visited by the Three Kings during the night.

In Spain, the tradition is no so much Santa Claus on the 25th December but Los Reyes Magos who arrive on the 5th January.

All over Spain on the evening of the 5th, the Three Kings arrive and parade around the town.

The three Kings are:

Gaspar has brown hair and a brown beard (or no beard!) and wears a green cloak and a gold crown with green jewels on it. He is the King of Sheba. Gaspar represents the Frankincense brought to Jesus.

Melchior has long white hair and a white beard and wears a gold cloak. He is the King of Arabia. Melchior represents the Gold brought to Jesus.

Balthazar has black skin and a black beard (or no beard!) and wears a purple cloak. He is the King of Tarse and Egypt. Balthazar represents the gift of Myrrh that was brought to Jesus. Myrrh is a perfume that is put on dead bodies to make them smell nice.

See our video of the Three Kings arriving by helicopter then parading around the town here

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