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Kings Day Processions Across Lanzarote

Friday January 4, 2013

Kings Day Processions Across Lanzarote

El Dia del Rey or Kings Day is one of the most important dates in the Spanish festive calendar – especially for children. As Epiphany or Twelfth Night is traditionally the day on which local kids finally get to open their presents, delivered courtesy of the three kings from the nativity rather than Santa Claus.

The event is marked by colourful processions - Cabalgata de los Reyes - in all towns and villages across the island. In larger conurbations such as Arrecife and the main resorts these feature the Three Kings on camelback, dispensing sweets to kids along the route – whilst in outlying areas this traditional form of transport is usually replaced by a cavalcade of cars.

The largest procession take place in the capital of Arrecife tomorrow evening from 5pm – where visitors can also enjoy a special Kings Fair which is being held today and tomorrow in the Plaza del Almacén, with lots of local handicrafts on sale.

Large scale events are also being held in all of the main resorts on the island. In Puerto del Carmen the Kings procession will wend its way along the seafront Avenida de las Playas tomorrow night from 20.30. Tourists staying in Costa Teguise can see the Cabalgata from 13.30 tomorrow, whilst in Playa Blanca the procession gets underway from the harbour area tomorrow at 19.00.
 

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