Procession of the Three Kings
The Three Kings are those of biblical fame, otherwise known as the Three Wise Men. In Spain, they’re the real stars around the holidays.
In December, children will write letters to the Three Kings asking for presents, and if they’ve been good, will get a visit on 6th January. Across Spain, the arrival of the Three Kings is often marked with parades beginning on the night of the 5th, where they pass out presents to little ones in the street.
Carnival is as big of a deal in Costa Blanca as it is just about everywhere else. Beginning in the run up to Ash Wednesday in February, the streets are flooded with people in costume and parades featuring elaborate floats.
In Benidorm, the night is capped with fireworks, and on Ash Wednesday there’s typically a ceremony for the burial of the sardine, complete with an oversized sardine that’s placed in a coffin and paraded through the streets.