Friday, 6 January 2012

Los Tres Reyes Magos - The Three Kings

The evening of the 5th January every year is when the Three Kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar, parade in villages and towns throughout Spain. They bring presents to the children at Christmas that are traditionally opened on the morning of the 6th January.
Although Olvera has a very good procession, we decided this year to have a change of venue and in the company of friends Dan and Alison, we headed for the pueblo of Zahara de la Sierra. Arriving at about 6pm, we parked at the bottom of the village and headed upwards to the main Plaza.
The Iglesia de Santa Maria in the main Plaza.
Looking across the lake in the dusk to Olvera in the far distance.
Darkness had fallen as the procession wound its way up into the village.

An illuminated shooting star on the tower of the castle that dominates the village with the moon overhead.

Large crowds followed the procession, all eager to catch the sweets being thrown by the Kings and the children on the float.

Loads of sweets being thrown to the crowd.
The beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the main square.
A very satisfied Anne with pockets full of sweeties.

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