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On the 5th of January 2022, the entire island of Gran Canaria will celebrate the visit of the three wise men: Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia and Gaspar of India. Remember also that January 6th is a bank holiday and most of the shops will be closed.
On January 6th, Spain celebrates the Epiphany or the arrival of the Three Kings from the Orient, an event which is highly anticipated by everyone, but especially by children, who receive gifts on this day (similar to Christmas day in other cultures).
The day of the Epiphany, January 6th, is a public holiday and so many businesses will be closed on this day.
However, the celebration starts a day before, on January 5th, with a highly anticipated event: the Three Kings Parade (La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos). The kids will write letters asking for toys or other gifts and they will and these letters down to the Three Kings when they meet them before the parade.
In 2022 the day will be celebrated a bit differently compared to normal years, due to the fact that Gran Canaria is currently at alert level 3, so there are restrictions in place that forbid large gatherings and events.
For the second consecutive year, there will be no Three Kings parade in the municipality of Mogán due to the health crisis. However, Their Majesties have announced to the City Council that they will return, as they did last year, to tour all the neighborhoods on Wednesday, January 5 in the afternoon, stopping at various points to collect letters of wishes.
The tour will begin on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Veneguera and will continue through the town of Mogán, Barranco de Mogán, Playa de Mogán, Puerto Rico, Patalavaca, Arguineguín, general highway of Arguineguín, Barranco de Arguineguín, Barraquillo Andrés, Las Filipinas , El Horno and Sao-Peñones. Also during the journey, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will stop to collect letters in the squares of Veneguera, Motor Grande, Barranquillo Andrés and El Horno.
LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria there was supposed to be a big event to receive the Three Kings at the Gran Canaria Stadium, but it has been suspended due to the increase in new infections.
So the Three Wise Men will go on tour through the five city districts of Las Palmas in their floats from 11:30 am until 8:00 pm.
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