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Country culture for volunteers: Christmas traditions in Spain


If you are thinking of volunteering in Spain, the ideal is to know their culture. One of the Christmas traditions in Spain is Three Magic Kings Day. How does Spain celebrate it? After Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Spain there is still a celebration. Three gentlemen: Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar called the Three Magic Kings bring gifts and sweets to children. In some cases, it also brings gifts to adults, so if you volunteer in Valencia with Voluns by these dates follow all the steps in case.

The Festival of Three Magics King

On the eve of 5th of January, children leave their shoes by the door with hopes that the three kings will leave gifts inside during their overnight visit. If you want to have gifts there is one condition: you should’ve behaved well during the year, being good at school and with your family. How much pressure:P!

The tradition is of religious origin, these three kings were in charge of going to the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. The three gentlemen arrive at the place following the trail of a shooting star on a camel. Upon arrival, they offered three gifts: gold, incense and myrrh.

Currently, the day after Three Kings Day is a national holiday in Spain. The arrival of the three kings is celebrated in the streets and has little to do with religion. On the afternoon of January 5 you can enjoy the entrance of the kings to the city with highly animated parades (La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos). The kings roam the city in wonderfully decorated carriages accompanied by other carriages with other secondary protagonists of the story such as the helpers (the pages) and these are throwing candies to people as they pass. If you are going to see it, do not forget to bring a basket or bag to pick up candies!

Traveling through volunteering allows you to get closer to local life, therefore we believe important to let you know this culture. If you want to know more ask your coordinator tells you the whole story, he’ll love you for you to do it!

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