Spanish children await arrival of Three Kings
4 January 2006 , MADRID — Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar were set to arrive by air, land and sea to bring presents to all Spanish children.
4 January 2006
MADRID — Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar were set to arrive by air, land and sea to bring presents to all Spanish children.
The Three Kings traditionally bring presents on the eve of 5 January, which is called Los Reyes Magos.
But before they deliver their precious cargo, they will take part in elaborate processions called las cabalgatas in towns, villages and cities across Spain.
The oldest will be in Alcoi, in Valencia, where the Three Kings have walked through the streets of the town for 121 years without missing a year, even during the Civil War.
But in Elche and Alicante three villages will see the Three Kings arrive by sea at El Campello, Xábia and Dénia.
In Murcia, the Kings will bring more than 20,000 presents and 2,000 kilogrammes of sweets.
In Andalucia, where almost every town or village will have its own cabalgata, one of the most unusual will be in Higuera de la Sierra where 200 people are to take part in a cortege with different scenes.
But the people will remain absolutely still throughout. The only ones allowed to move are The Kings.
In Alarilla, near Guadalajara, the Three Kings are to descend from the mountainside accompanied by a torchlight procession.
In Madrid, camels are to carry the Kings through the city to the Puerta del Sol.
In the Canary Islands, the Three Kings are to arrive by helicopter on the island of Tenerife.
Most chidlren will awake to find their presents on Friday morning, 6 January.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news