Monday, January 5, 2015

Tomorrow is Epiphany, or Dia De Reis -- We Wish Everyone a Magical Three Kings Day!

Tomorrow is Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, which celebrates the Adoration of the Magi, or the three Kings from the East who followed a star to find and acknowledge the divinity of the Christ child, and acknowledge His role as Saviour for the entire world.

The Adoration is a major theme in Western art.

The Adoration of the Magi - by Fran Angelico

In English speaking countries it is known as the 12th Day of Christmas and can be a bit sad since it end the holiday season. In some places, like the part of England in which I used to live, Christmas decorations must come down by the day or people believe they will have bad luck in the coming year.

However, in other nations, the holiday is a very important day and a time for gifts, parades,and celebrations.  In Catalonia, where my partner Benja is from, the holiday is the highlight of the Christmas season. Gifts are exchanged today with family and friends at huge festive meals. Christmas day itself is just a beginning to this, the highlight of festivities for the season.

Three Kings Eve in Barcelona
In the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, there is a huge parade, the "Cabalgata de Reyes Magos"to welcome to arrival of the Three Magic Kings this evening. The three kings, played by actors, arrive by boat in the port of Barcelona, and are greeted by royal pages and an estimated 500,000 people. It is quite the party!

The arrival of the Three Kings in Barcelona

One of the highlights of the family celebration is the eating of a beautiful  "Tortell de Reis" or Kings Cake. It really looks delicious -- but the presentation is the important thing!

I want to wish all our readers who celebrate Three Kings Day, and most importantly my wonderful husband Benja, a most glorious holiday, and a fantastic 2015!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Eddi... a great post! All you tell is correct as usual, this is a very important event in Catalonia and in the rest of Spain. All children (and not so children) really like to be in the streets and see the 3 magic kings and dream about one magic night.
    Well done and explained.


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