There has been no sign of Santa Claus in Mataro. Instead, all of the children have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Three Kings (Los Reyes Magos). Today they finally arrived by boat at the local port. We went along to see what all the fuss was about.
There was a large crowd at the port level, and many more on the upper walkway, listening to a Gospel choir as they waited for the arrival of Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. The sun was shining and free hot chocolate was provided to take away the winter chill. There was also a bar for those in need of something stronger.
Loud bangs ringing through the air and the occasional plume of smoke in the air signified the approach of the magical boat. Soon enough the children were shouting greetings towards the distant boat getting ever closer. As it pulled alongside the quay, envelopes were waved by all the little ones and the Three Kings arrived to their delight.
They took to the stage where the children were made to promise to keep their wishes secret. Soon enough the Kings made their way to their respective thrones where long queues of expectant youngsters awaited, each wanting to personally present their letters.
It was all very well organised and it seemed so much less commercial than the Christmas celebrations we see elsewhere in Europe and the USA. There was a real air of anticipation amongst the children and it did feel a little bit magic which was nice.
Now everyone waits for the Three Kings procession on Sunday 5 January so the children can finally open their presents, nearly two weeks after their counterparts in other parts of the world!
- Finding a new home – aaaaaaargh!
- Old Blue Eyes is back!