What is the Day of the Kings (Dia de Los Reyes Magos)
Day of the Kings or Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles. More
In Spain, the children look forward to the three Kings more than they do for Christmas. (things are changing though, Christmas is becoming bigger by the year)
The legend has it that the three Kings (I/E three wise men) followed a star to the baby Jesus and brought him gifts. So, more than 2000 years later, the representatives of the three wise men/kings, bring presents as well.
As with Christmas, the children leave out food and drink for the Reyes Magos, perhaps in hope of a more expensive present. The children leave out their shoes on the night of the 5th of January, hoping to wake up to them stuffed with gifts.
Other Reyes Magos traditions
In all sizes of cities, towns and villages, there will be processions of varying sizes. Each King would have his own float, there might also be floats from various organisations and religious groups. These are bright and colourful and well worth a photograph or two.
There is always plenty to eat and drink, especially El Roscón de Reyes. This delightful cake is akin to a giant doughnut, stuffed with cream or chocolate and decorated with colourful candied fruits and sweets.
Nerja is no different from any other town or city, they go for Day of the Kings with great gusto. If you can get to Nerja for the 6th of January, Covid-19 restrictions allowing, then it is well worth the trip. If you cannot, find the nearest town or village and join in the celebrations.
I have no wish to put a dampener on things, but Dia de Los Reyes will be a bit muted in many places. If you check on the local Town Hall websites, I’m sure they will have a list of events or otherwise.