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Easter week in Salamanca is spectacular on account of the backdrop formed by the city's stunning monuments.The Palm Sunday procession in Elche features the customary palm leaves and is one of the most beautiful of any held in Spain.This so makes more sense when the three kings bring gifts its when it should really be done.

It is a date celebrated throughout Latin America, Spain, and in Hispanic communities of the United States.

This is the Epiphany of the church calendar, the 12th day after Christmas, when the Magi arrived bearing gifts for baby Jesus.

★ JAN 07 • I come from an Italian/German family and I remember as a little kid putting out shoes (no hay though) and getting a small present the next morning.

:) We only did this when we were little in the 1960's and then I wondered if I had dreamed this up. :) It kept the fun of Christmas going a bit longer before winter doldrums set it.

During Easter week in Zamora, the sound of Gregorian chant provides an incredible atmosphere for the nocturnal processions.

During the Easter week processions in Valladolid, make sure to look closely at the religious statues –they are priceless works of Baroque art.Here in the United States, the tradition of the Three Kings Day has carried on.Hispanic bakeries throughout the country typically sell hundreds of Roscas de Reyes during the day, and children patiently wait for their second gift of the holiday season.People take an active role in its events and traditions.All day and night the streets are filled with the beat of the drums, masses of colourful flowers, and the consummate art of religious sculpture, all combining to produce a highly moving atmosphere.Traditionally, children receive gifts on this day, brought by the three kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar.