El Dia De Los Reyes, Kings, Candies, and a last hoorah for Christmas!
I planned my trip to Granada after spending a Christmas at home. While I was expecting winter in the mountain city, Three Kings day was a delightful surprise. Christmas may have passed in California but here in Spain the excitement was building. Three Kings day is the height of the Christmas celebration in Spain and as unexpected as it was to me I loved celebrating the extended holiday. Bakery windows are lined with the special three kings cake that looks like fruit cake but with a white cake batter and a special toy baby Jesus hidden inside. On January Sixth Three Kings Day is celebrated, gifts are exchanged, delivered by the three kings rather than Santa clause. In the evening the Kings and many other fantastical animal floats and music bands parade in the streets to the cheers of people shouting for "caramelo!" (Candy) and cheering extra loud for Balthazar. A note for shoppers--save your shopping for after three kings day when all the stores do giant sales (that only come along twice a year).
By Vanessa Petersen, AFAR Local Expert