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The final fiesta: El Dia de los Reyes

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Christmas may well be over for us in the UK but in Spanish speaking countries the celebrations are far from finished.

As one of the most anticipated days of the year for Spanish children, ‘El Dia de los Reyes’ or ‘The Day of the Kings’ is a Spanish and Latin American tradition held on the 6th January.

It is believed that when the Kings rode to visit the new-born Baby Jesus they brought him gold, frankincense and myrrh. Nowadays it is a popular custom to leave polished shoes out before bedtime on the eve of January 6th ready for the kings to deliver presents to the children of Spain, just as they did for Baby Jesus.

The tradition is still very popular within both Spain and Latin America where many towns arrange parades for the community. Just as children in the UK leave milk and carrots for Santa’s reindeer, Spanish children often treat the Kings to some sweet wine and nibbles on their arrival.

The morning of the 6th is a very exciting day in the Spanish calender as the children often receive presents and chocolate left by the Kings.

And as well as all this sweet wine, chocolate and presents, the Spanish also indulge in a traditional epiphany cake known as the Rosca de Reyes.

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