Friday, January 6, 2012

Did you know.....

In celebration of 'King's day' here (a bit like another Christmas), I thought I would share this with you.

Did you know that the names of the three kings (or wise men) are Casper, Balthazar and Melchior? Here apparently, the favourite King to bring the children presents on 'King's Day' is Balthazar, although I'm not sure why.

Here's a photo of him, taken at last night's parade (it's not the greatest photo, but it was late evening.):

Happy King's Day!


  1. Interesting..this is the first time i've heard of it ...I'b be interested in learning more about you happen to have any more pictures ?

    Rallu @ TheDaydreamer's Book Obsession

  2. I have a couple more photos from last night's parade, but not many came out, because it was so dark.

    I might put together a collection of photos from Christmas and King's Day, for next week's 'Wordless Wednesday'.

    Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  3. We have a similar parade coming up on Sunday with three kings and their camels.
    A few hours from here in Spain, this is the time for opening gifts, not Christmas day.

  4. Always learning something new here, Spangle. Happy King's Day!

  5. I am in Spain too claire! I know 'King's Day' isn't Christmas Day, but it's the closest thing I could describe the fiesta to.

    and thanks for the comment Melissa!

  6. I live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. THis is the biggest day of the year if you are a kid. Gifts come on the dia de los Magos Reyes. Yesterda in the Jardin, or town center, there was a dance and puppet show on a stage, about a dozen free jumpy air castles (briconlines), free balls given to the kids and an enormous Rosca de Reyes (traditional sweet bread) set up to extend around the entire square! Viva Los Reyes!
    Susan McKinney de Ortega
    author, Flirting in SPanish, What Mexico taught me about love, living andn forgiveness (Antaeus, 2011)

  7. We don't have such a parade, but yes, I did know the names of the three kings.

  8. Thanks for the comments Susan and angel!

    Susan, it sounds like you had a lot of fun in your town!