INTRODUCTION: Throughout Spain, the feast of the Epiphany is celebrated with processions and large crowds.
SV Man in procession sitting on top of float of camel in Madrid, Spain
SV PAN Crowd TO GV & CU man on elephant (3 shots)
SV Men leading three camels loaded with parcels
SCU Inside procession, torchbearers, crowds watching from side (2 shots)
SV Horsemen, followed by men on foot, followed by more horsemen (3 shots)
SV Elephant rider
CU Child in crowd
GV Man on camel float
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Throughout Spain, the feast of the Epiphany is celebrated with processions and large crowds. The feast is associated with the offering of gifts by the three wise men. One of the biggest celebrations took place in the capital, Madrid.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people lined the streets. The colourful procession included floats and real animals. Members of the Spanish Royal family traditionally make an appearance at the procession. The festival originated in the Eastern Church. It is one of the oldest and main festival days in the Church calendar.
In Spanish tradition, the Three Wise Men bring presents by camel for children on the night of the fifth or sixth of January rather than via Santa Claus on Christmas Day (25th December).
The procession wended its way through a five kilometre section of the centre of Madrid. It attracted a crowd of one hundred thousand people. And similar processions were held in towns all over Spain. In Madrid, many horseback riders swelled the procession which is usually preceded by a spectacular firework display.
Elephants are not traditionally associated with Christmas, but they did conjure up visions of the East.
For children, it was a special night and had more significance than Christmas.
And the camel, more than any other animal, symbolised the magic of the Magi and their journey commemorated by the Feat of Epiphany.