Today in Spain they celebrate the eve of the Epiphany. People take to the streets for the parade to welcome the three kings who ride on camels (real!) through the city’s doors. It is party time! The Epiphany is when the three wise men, Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltasar, visit the newborn babe, Jesus, in the stable in Bethlehem.
Cristina Peña Sainz de Aja from Pamplona sends us greetings from Spain with a photo of the customary Roscón de Reyes (roll of kings). She says, “Today, everyone has one of these cakes filled with cream — and inside there is a little gift.”
On the eve of the Ephiphany the children leave food and drink to welcome the “Magic Kings” who enter through the window (camels parked outside of course). The children must clean their shoes so the kings can leave them gifts. This is much like the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6 when our son leaves his shoes by his bed to find candy in them when he wakes up. Or like the custom of leaving stockings hung by the chimney for Santa to arrive on Christmas Eve. It is great to share in their celebration through this virtual world.
Read more about Pamplona, Spain, their cusine, and Cristina, guest blogger for Kelley Hospitality.
Thank you Cristina for sharing your celebration with us. Happy Christmas to you and your family!