9 January 2016

THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS!

It's Tuesday! Supermarkets, Toy Stores, Pastry Shops, ALL stores are well-filled again. By afternoon, early evening, they have closed for the day. "¡Llegan los Reyes!" "The Kings are coming!" "The Wisemen arrive tonight!" Even though a light rain had begun to fall, 100,000 lined the streets of downtown all the way to the City Hall. 

Since Christmas girls and boys have lined up in the large department store waiting their turn to meet one of the Wisemen and whisper in his ear what he or she would like him to bring. Some have written letters to the Kings. They have been waiting for this night - the "Cabalgata" - the Parade of the Kings! (very much like a Christmas Parade or Santa Claus Parade) 


Did you know the Wisemen have names? I read that back in the 5th century and found in one of the books of the Apocrypha, the three 'kings' are challed Melichior, Gathaspa and Bithisarea. Today, here in Spain, they are known as Melchor Gaspar and Baltazar. The Roman Catholic church stated that the wisemen were 'searchers of truth' and they represent all people throughout the ages and around the world, who are searching for God. They were also said to represent the three then-known continents: Africa, Asia and Europe. So Baltazar is the African king, Gaspar is from Asia and Melchor, from Europe. 
Melchor

No, we didn't walk downtown, but I did watch some of the parade on the local television channel. Is it O.K. to take photos from the TV? Here are some. 

Gaspar





Baltasar









Matthew 2:1, 2 NLT - "Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 'Where is the newborn king of the Jeews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him." is the real account of the wisemen and why they journeyed.













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