Did you know that in Spain children open Christmas presents on January 6th?

The most important Christmas days in Spain are the 5th and 6th January. The 6th January is when the Three Kings of the Orient in catalan Els Tres Reis Mags d'Orient Melchor, Gaspar y Baltasar arrive bearing gifts at the crib of the baby Jesus. The 6th January is the day in Spain when children get Christmas presents. You do see Santa Claus in shopping malls in Barcelona and on Spanish TV stations, but the Three Kings of the Orient are the main characters in Spanish Christmas celebrations in Barcelona and Spain and Spanish and Catalan children send letters to the Three Kings, not to Father Christmas or Santa Claus.

In Sitges everything will be ready for the arrival of one of the most anticipated events of the year: the arrival of the Magi from the East. Before the parade, the town will receive the Royal Mailman who will be collecting the letters with the wishes of children during two days.
On January 5th La Cavalcada de los Reyes will take place. 800Kgs of candies are expected to be thrown during the parade. It is such a joy to watch all the children's excitement during the parade!

For more information on Christmas traditions in Barcelona check this link: http://www.barcelonayellow.com/bcn-events-articles/165-christmas-in-barcelona

posted by Paola at http://www.casistasitges.com

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