According to the Bible, the Three Wise Men came to Jerusalem from the Far East to worship the newborn Jesus. Each one had a present for him: Gaspar gave him Frankincense as a symbol of deity, Melchior gave him Gold as a symbol of kingship, and Balthazar gave him Myrrh as a symbol of death. Nowadays in Spain, they keep bringing presents to children every year on January the 6th.
Barcelona: a perfect place to welcome the Three Kings
The arrival of the Three Kings on January the 6th is an event of major importance in Barcelona. On this occasion, many parades and cavalcades are organized all over the city to welcome the Three Wise Men. The importance of the Three Kings in the country may come from the fact that they bring presents to children during the night between January the 5th and the 6th.
The most famous one, known as Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos starts at Port Vell on January the 5th. From 4:30 pm, activities for children and adults will be organized and the Three Kings will arrive on a boat and tell some words to the children that came to see them.
At 6pm, the procession through the streets of Barcelona will start. Music, bright colors, wonderful costumes and spectacular performances will amaze the whole family. Children will be delighted for presents and sweets will be given to them. At about 9:30 pm, the procession will stop at Montjuïc Magic Fountain.
There are smaller procession all over the city between January the 2nd and the 6th, some of them have different features, such as actors telling the story of the Three Kings, or presents and sweets distribution for example. It is the ideal occasion to give your letter to the Three Kings or to their assistants. Even if you have already written to Santa, it could be worth it.
Whether you are with your family or your friends, you can enjoy the magical and warm atmosphere of these celebrations. It is always a magical and spectacular show of music, colors, dancing, and various performances.
It is the result of hard work by local professional artists, coordinators, actors, technicians and craftsmen who are dedicated to their passion. Every year, they create new shows and floats, their imagination is truly limitless.