Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Yesterday, the most loved and honored visitors here in Malaga were Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar. Thousands of “malaguenos” young and old, small and big, enthusiastically lined the streets and avenues of the city to cheer the arrival of the three wise men and their lavish parade. “El Dia de Reyes” or “Three Kings Day” marks the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas and commemorates the three magi who traveled from far away to Bethlehem, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the infant Jesus. Dating back to 4th century, the holiday is also known in the Christian world as “Epiphany”.  Here in Spain and all the Latin countries, Santa Claus, a profitable invention of Coca Cola, doesn’t hold the distinction that he does in the United States. Instead of the white bearded old man, the three wise men are the bearers of gifts, and leave presents for small children, usually in carefully cleaned shoes. In addition of present giving, this day has an important culinary treat that is specific to the holiday. Known as “Roscon de Reyes” (King’s Cake), this sweet bread and dry fruit dessert offers much in the way of symbolism. The cake has a round shape, like a king’s crown and holds a special surprise. Baked inside is a small plastic figurine representing baby Jesus. Whoever finds this token is obligated to host the upcoming party for the occasion of ‘Dia de la Candelaria’ (Candlemas Day) which occurs each year on February 2nd.                       

                                   The parade started in front of the township Hall where the three kings were seen next to Malaga’s mayor Francisco De la Torre Prados

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

The “Three Kings Day” parade in Malaga is one-of-a-kind celebration with massive involvement. This year, 12 floats participated in the parade, and 11.000 kg       (25.000 lb) of gluten free candy were thrown down to the children and bystanders . 

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Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

                      Biblical characters and marching bands from across the city joined the event.

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Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

“Three Kings Day” is not complete without the classic Spanish “Roscón” . The aromatic, citrus-infused sweet brioche is topped with sugar,flaked almonds and candied fruits – arranged like the jewels on a king’s crown. Each of this cake holds inside a small plastic figurine of baby Jesus

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

Three Kings Day parade in Malaga

More photos of the Three Kings Day parade in Malaga:   here

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