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The Three Kings disembark full of presents for Catalan kids

Traditional parades held throughout the country with presence of color yellow in solidarity with the jailed leaders

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06 January 2018 01:51 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Catalan children were mostly flooded with presents on Saturday morning after the arrival (and subsequent gift-giving) of three wise men from the East. Every January 6, coinciding with the Christian Epiphany, the country celebrates the Three Kings Day. Coming on their camels, they deliver presents to Catalan children. Before delivering them, the kids send the wise men letters ordering presents, which they receive in the small hours of January 6.

According to the tradition, the kids have welcomed them the day before in parades across the country. And this was the case also this year. By boat, by carriage, by rafting boat, on foot and by other means of transport did the Three Kings arrive in parades throughout the country with thousands of children eager to see them, give them letters and collect some sweets –only in Barcelona, the kings, pages and other assistants threw around 7 tons of candy to attendees–.

  • "After the attacks in summer, Barcelona still hosts us with a smile in its lips, it is a noble and good-hearted city"

    Melchior ·One of the Three Kings coming from the East

The Catalan capital hosted a special parade, because the three wise men coming from the East remembered the August 17 terrorist attacks happened in the city. “After the attacks in summer, Barcelona still hosts us with a smile in its lips, it is a noble and good-hearted city,” said one of the kings, Melchior, along with Caspar and Balthasar. In his speech, he also reminded the children that they live in a “privileged world,” referring to other areas in the world involved in conflicts.

Yellow, popular color in solidarity with the jailed leaders

In some of the parades, the yellow was the most popular color among the attendees. Yellow has become in the past few months the color to show solidarity with the pro-independence leaders who were jailed in October in November accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of funds. Yellow balloons, ribbons, lanterns and clothes have been visible in some of the celebrations on the Three Kings Day’s Eve. 

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  • King Melchior upon his arrival in Tarragona (by Roger Segura)

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