Every year on January 5th, the streets of Marbella and the rest of Spain’s cities come alive with parades, music, and joyous celebration. This is Three Kings Day, otherwise known as “la Cabalgata de Reyes”. It’s a major part of the Christmas holiday season in Spain, celebrated by families and friends alike as they welcome in the Three Kings who bring gifts to baby Jesus Christ. Let’s take a closer look at this festive Spanish tradition.
One of the main attractions of Three Kings Day is the parade that takes place in each city across Spain. Streets are closed off for this procession which features large chariots carrying life-sized figures of the Magi or Wise Men – Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar – followed by hundreds of people dressed up as kings, angels and shepherds singing traditional carols along the way. As they cross town, these kings throw candies to all children watching! It’s quite an amazing sight and one that should not be missed if you find yourself in Spain during this time.
Another important part of Three Kings Day is breakfast on January 6th with a special treat: The Roscón de Reyes (Three King’s Cake). This sweet bread is adorned with dried fruits and sugar to create a delicious snack enjoyed by both adults and kids alike. It also contains small figurines representing baby Jesus which traditionally go inside the cake so whoever finds it will be crowned King or Queen for that day!
Three Kings Day is a very special day in Marbella where families come together to celebrate an important moment in history – the arrival of three wise men bearing gifts for baby Jesus – but also for its unique traditions that make it an unforgettable experience no matter where you are from. It is a day for family to come together for a special meal, exchange presents and spend time together. It is very much like Christmas Day in North America or northern European countries.
If you ever find yourself visiting Marbella experience the traditional Three Kings Day parade in Marbella, Spain. This family event is a must-see! Cilo Marbella has a large selection of luxury rental villas for your stay.
Cilo Marbella is an exclusive boutique agency specialising in the sale and rental of luxury villas in the Marbella region of Spain.