As you may know, Christmas in Spain revolves around the three kings: Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar. On the 6th of January, it is ‘El día de los Reyes’ (the day of the kings) and it is the day in which all Spanish children receive their Christmas presents. To celebrate, cavalcades, which are traditional parades, take place in nearly all Spanish cities on the 5th of January in the evening. During this parade, there are many different floats with different themes from which people throw sweet to all of the children. There is always a float with the three kings.
In Manilva, there is always a cavalcade on the 5th of December which passes through the streets of Castillo, Sabinillas and Duquesa. Many kids participate in it and there is a great Christmassy environment! It is a great way to get into the Spanish Christmas spirit! There are bigger cavalcades in Gibraltar and Málaga that last longer and have more floats which are worth going to see!
On the 6th of January, it is also extremely traditional to have a ‘Roscón de Reyes’ which is a traditional bun which is eaten to celebrate Epiphany. Inside it, there are little figurines that have different meanings. For example, if you get baby Jesus you will have luck during the next year and you will also be in charge of buying the cake the next year.
Roscón de Reyes