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The Three Wise Men

 The Three Wise MenIn Spain, the Christmas holiday season is full of the usual Christmas festivities, one of them is The Magi, or the Three Wise Men, celebrated on the 6th January.

They are called Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar. Melchior comes from Europe, and he is represented by a light skin person with a White beard. He is the oldest and bears old. Gaspar comes from Asia and he has a dark beard, he offers incense. Balthazar comes from Babylon. He represents the youth of mankind and brings myrrh to the Child Jesus.

A Cavalcade is celebrated on the 5th January in the spanish cities, trying to represent the route that toured teh Magi from Bethlehem to find baby Jesus following the star which pointed the way. The cities fill with light and color and children are usually full of expectation to see their favourite Wise Man, the royal pages, animals and many other characters.

Before going to sleep, children put some milk and biscuits next to the Christmas tree for the Magi and some water for their camels. They also leave out their best pair of shoes to be filled with presents.

On January 6, adults and children wake up very early to open the presents they have received. If they have been good they will find good presents, but if they have been naughty their only present will be coal, but a special one made of sugar.

It is the day to enjoy the Roscón for breakfast,  a kind of large bun, rounded, and decorated with pieces of crystallised fruit of various colours, very sweet and tasty.

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