JUST about everyone in Tenerife, especially the children here in the South, await this Saturday with great expectations, as The Three Kings of the Orient parade in most boroughs.

Thousands of onlookers turn out every year to enjoy the spectacular Saturday parades, especially in Los Cristianos, where the Arona parade takes place

The best thing about the Three Kings, apart from the presents, the parade and the cake, is that Spaniards are guaranteed another day off work, and children don’t go back to school until after Epiphany!

In most other countries, Christmas decorations have been packed away and normal working life has resumed. But the holiday spirit continues here until Sunday.

And, for a change this year, Arona’s Majestic Kings will arrive by helicopter tomorrow (Saturday) to Los Cristianos Cultural Centre, at about 6pm, instead of turning up in a boat at the harbour.

As for Adeje, Their Majesties will arrive by helicopter at El Galeón’s Municipal Football Stadium, where they will be greeted by an official welcoming party.

Then two hours later, the Three Kings Parade, in Calle Grande, takes place, with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television.

Typically, Spaniards tuck into a Roscón de Reyes, a Three Kings cake baked in a ring and decorated with candied fruit and hiding a, sometimes lucrative, surprise.

A small figurine of the baby Jesus, or a little toy for children, is usually hidden inside the dough, as is a dry fava bean.

Whoever finds the toy is crowned king or queen of the celebration, while the one who finds the bean has to buy the Roscón next year.


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