Sunday, 2 January 2011

Visita del Cartero Real

On a lovely "warm in the sun, chilly in the shade" day, we walked up to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to witness the traditional visit of the Royal Postmen. They collect cards and letters from the children for delivery to the Three Kings, in the hope that their wishes are granted on January 6th, the traditional day for the giving and receiving of gifts in Spain.

Arriving at just after midday, a few people were already gathering.

After about an hour or so of waiting, we could hear the approaching band, by which time the square was quite full.

The procession was led into the square by a new bugle and drum band, formed in Olvera I think last year. And very good they were too.

Following on, surrounded by children and parents, were the two Royal Postmen.

Finally, the excellent Band of Olvera brought up the rear of the procession.

It wasn't long before the postmen were sitting down and receiving the written requests from the throngs of excited children and parents gathered. I think in the four years that we've been here, this is the largest gathering we've ever seen at this event.

Judging by the smile, it looks like this young girl's wishes may be granted.
We hope you enjoy the pictures but the following video may also enhance your appreciation of the atmosphere of the occasion.

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