Event: Three kings parades in Seville, Spain
Date: 4th-6th January
The Three Kings’ Parade has been held in Seville every year without exception since 1918. To the delight of both young and old, every 5 January for more than 85 years, the streets of Seville have been filled with floats and carriages on this special day. This represents the Kings’ arrival in the city, where the next morning, on 6 January, they will deliver their presents to the children.
This is the day of presents much like the 25th in other countries, celebrating the day the three kings came to visit newborn Jesus with gifts. Children write letters to the Reyes Magos asking for gifts. Hanging stockings, or calcetines to be filled with candy is becoming a common practice, but leaving your shoes or slippers out to be filled is still the Spanish tradition. It seems everyone spends the night before watching the Cabalgata de los Reyes, a large Christmas parade in the center, or a smaller version in their neighborhood or pueblo.