Sunday, 29 December 2013

Visita de los Carteros Reales

Today saw the first traditional event of the Christmas celebrations here in Spain, the visit of The Royal Postmen, here to collect the cards and gift requests of the children of Olvera. 
On another lovely day, a large crowd was gathering in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento eagerly awaiting the arrival of the postmen.

Preceded by the trumpets and drums of the excellent "Band of Santa Ana, Olvera", the postmen's carriage was in sight on Calle Llana.

One of the largest crowds for many years were gathered under blue skies.

Children and parents queued enthusiastically before handing over their letters and cards in return for a handful of sweets. All of the requests will be passed to the Three Kings, Balthazar, Gaspar and Melchior who will deliver their gifts to the children on the 6th January, the traditional day for the giving and receiving of presents.

This lovely baby was having the best fun of all, really enjoying his time sat on the knee of one of the postmen.
A brilliant start to the Christmas celebrations and hopefully everyone will get what they wish for.


Anonymous said...

Lovely happy pictures of smiling faces, we really enjoyed seeing this tradition that we did not know about.

Alan Crosskey said...

Dear Anonymous. Thanks for writing in. Yes, in an age of digital technology it's so nice to see these traditions continuing and the faces of the children (and parents)as they pass their letters and requests to the postmen is a joy to see.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. Alan and Anne