January 6, when we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord or the Three Kings Day, on the eve to this day have passed the Magi with gifts for the children and we have enjoyed the traditional Cabalgata de Reyes.
Here we leave 6 curious facts about these festivities that you may not have known.
1 – LOS THREE KINGS
For sure, it is not known who or how many were the Magi, nor do we know if they were kings or magicians. However, it is now believed that they came from the East to welcome the newborn, Jesus.
2 – THE GIFTS OF THE KINGS
Each king was carrying a gift for Jesus. The first one carried the gold which symbolized the royalty and majesty that the child would have. The second took the myrrh that represented the pain Jesus would live as a common mortal. The latter brought the incense representing the divinity of the newborn.
3 – THE NAMES OF THE KINGS
Today we know that Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar were the names of the three Magi. These names were discovered in a mosaic of an Italian church in the 6th century.
4 – THE NAME OF THE PARTY
On January 6 we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, this means the first appearance of Jesus before his Christian followers.
5 – THE MEANING OF SHOES FOR KINGS
There are several versions of why the children have to leave a shoe for the Three Kings. One of the theories says that the tradition was acquired from Holland where humble people made them take care of their shoes all year so that at parties they were clean and in good condition, if they did receive a gift as a reward. Another theory is that the shoe is to give clues to the Kings of the age and sex of the boy or girl. Anyway, the idea is to leave the shoe next to the Christmas tree and also a bowl with water for the camels and a plate with candy for the Kings, as a snack for the long journey undertaken. The only condition is to have behaved well during the year and thus receive the much appreciated gift. Otherwise, they will receive coal according to tradition.
6 – THE ROSCÓN DE REYES In Spain it is tradition to eat the classic Roscón de Reyes, a sweet cake adorned with fruity fruit and usually stuffed with cream. Inside are introduced figurines and according to the tradition to which the bean touches you will have to pay the roscón the following year.