Tradition Three Wise Men
Hotel Omm likes to approach our country’s own cultural traditions. This time, the tradition of the Magi.
History of the Three Wise Men
According to the New Testament, once upon a time, three wise men from the East (Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar) were on their way to Bethlehem, following the guidance of a star to bring gifts to the baby Jesus, the Son of God was born.
Once they reached the Portal of Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men worshiped the child and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
In the Bible, however, they do not talk exactly about how many they were, the only thing we know is that they were from Orient bearing gifts for Jesus. According to tradition, they represented the European, Asian and African continents.
The Three Kings Night
Religious tradition has come to this day as a celebration seated in our culture.
On the Three Kings Night, a memorable event for families is held: the cavalcade. In this event, the Three Wise Men appeared on floats or horses sometimes, throwing sweets to children. During the Cavalcade, spectacles full of light, color and magic are performed.
During the year, children write a letter to the Three Wise Men saying they have been good boys. The custom has been divided as to the celebration. Some families celebrate The Three Kings Night, January 5, and families gather for dinner. Others make a big meal on the Epiphany, January 6. They are hearty meals and for dessert, they eat the famous Three Kings cake. This is a typical filled cake shaped as ring and carries candied fruit. Inside typical figures are introduced, such as a bean, and anyone who eats it must pay the cake of that year or the following year.
In some places, the gifts are opened the night of January 5. Children who have not been good receive a sweet candy known as a coal candy, this was true coal before. In others, the presents are opened on January 6, Epiphany.
Traditions are part of the culture of a country. Hotel Omm know, so if you are in Barcelona on 5 and 6 January, fail to celebrate the tradition of the Magi.