On the 6th of January, the Christian world celebrates the Epiphany. In Catholic European countries, including Spain, this holiday is dedicated to the adoration of the Magi of the infant Jesus. Three pagan Magi, also known as the Three Kings, - Gaspar, Malchior, and Balthazar - come to bow to newborn Jesus in Bethlehem and to bring him gifts - gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
In Spain this holiday is called simply The Day of the Kings (DГa de los Tres Reyes Magos). It is the crown of the Christmas festivities and is a much beloved holiday, especially by Spanish children, because everything that takes place this day is done for their sake.
The holiday begins on January the 5th, when festive processions march along the streets of all cities and towns in the country. Each procession is closed by the carriage with Three Kings themselves, who give out gifts and sweets to children. In the evening, before going to bed, children leave wine, fruits, milk and cookies for the Kings under the Christmas thee. They also leave some water for the Kings' camels. Then, the best pair of their shoes is polished, stuffed with straw and put out of the door. In the morning, on January the 6th, children find gifts from the Magi in their shoes. If a child misbehaved in the old year, he or she is likely to find coal instead of sweets there! But nowadays it is not common вЂ“ even the "coal" will probably taste sweet and delicious.
The traditional food for this day is roscГіn, a sweetened round bread sprinkled with candied fruits. The bread is baked with a tiny toy figure of baby Jesus inside, and whoever gets the toy in his or her piece of bread will have good luck for the whole year to come. Parents usually make sure that it is the child who gets this lucky piece.