Epiphany is celebrated on 6 January in Andorra to commemorate the journey of the magi, or wise men, who followed a shining star to visit the infant Jesus as recorded in the Bible. This holiday falls 12 days after Christmas Day.
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Andorra celebrates Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, in style. The focus is largely on the children, and the events span three consecutive days.
On 4 January, royal postmen visit the villages and towns of Andorra to collect letters from children addressed to the three kings. They wish the kings good health, tell them how good they have been, and ask for specific gifts. The kings basically stand in for Santa Claus.
On 5 January, children and adults alike attend the parades and see the kings rolling down the streets in decorative floats. There are seven such events scattered in different parts of Andorra. Later that night, they put out water for the kings’ camels, some goodies for the kings themselves, and shoes. They hope to find candy in their shoes next morning but could get a lump of coal if they’ve been bad!
On 6 January, Epiphany has finally arrived. Families eat dinner together and indulge in Three Kings Cake. A kingly figurine and a fava bean are baked into the large cake, which is shared. Whoever gets the king figure is king for the day, but if you end up with the bean you have to pay for the feast!