News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Madrid Christmas celebrations banner.JPG
Reuters
Madrid Christmas celebrations.JPG
Reuters
World News

Wise men return to Madrid as Christmas celebrations return

by Reuters Journalist

Flanked by dancers and live camels the Three Wise Men paraded down Madrid's central avenue atop glittering floats on Wednesday evening as traditional Epiphany celebrations returned - with  restrictions - after last year's COVID-19 cancellations. 

Most Spanish children receive their Christmas presents on January 6th, the day when Melchior, Balthazar and Caspar are said to have visited the infant Christ with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Parades held across Spain on the evening before usually draw huge crowds but they were all cancelled last year to limit infections. This year many towns and villages have allowed festivities to go ahead with various restrictions. 

Madrid authorities limited attendance to 7,000 people, while participants were banned from throwing sweets into the crowd - usually a pivotal part of the festivities.

Reuters

"It's the most beautiful day of the year and we've been waiting a long time to see them, the kings," said Adela de Juan who brought her three children to the parade. 

Firefighters waved from the back of an old truck festooned with fairy lights and Christmas gifts, while officers of the Guardia Civil police force rode in on white horses blowing bugles. 

Giant paper polar bears and a squadron of bright-red, nine-metre giraffes also joined in the fun.

"It looks very different this year because of COVID...but we couldn't take away that excitement from the kids," said Roberto Tipanta in the crowd near the Gregorio Maranon square. 

Infections in Spain have hit new highs since the Omicron variant, which accounted for some 43% of cases in the week before Christmas, was detected.

The nationwide infection rate as measured over the past 14 days rose to a new record of 2,574 cases per 100,000 people on Wednesday, a more than 10-fold increase since the beginning of December. Intensive care occupancy reached 21.6%, up from 8% a month ago but less than half the peak of 43% recorded last January.
 

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate