Parades in Paradise

Christmas celebrations in Spain are slightly different how we celebrate here in the UK. Namely, they hold their main celebration on the 6th of January – Epiphany – the day the three kings arrived at Jesus’ stable (El Día de Los Reyes in Spanish). Because of this difference I was lucky enough to be back in Spain for the festivities.

Although most families spent the 6th indoors and the city was generally quiet, the night of the 5th of January was madness. From about 4:30pm a long parade of floats, marching bands and dancers snaked its way through the narrow city streets throwing tonnes of sweets along the way. The costumes and floats were ornate and colourful. The streets were impossible to navigate due to the swelling crowds. We were fortunate enough to have the parade pass under our balcony, so for 45 minutes we watched as locals cheered and clapped for the stream of brightly lit floats, and held out bags to catch the sweets being thrown. It was chaos and the aftermath saw the streets of Sevilla covered in crushed candies.

Dia de los Reyes Parade, Sevilla

It was such a magical evening and I feel so lucky to have experienced Christmas celebrations in a different environment to the one I am used to.

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