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    The streets of madrid were filled with a huge street procession on Monday (5 January) as the Spanish capital celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany.

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    The streets of madrid were filled with a huge street procession on Monday (5 January) as the Spanish capital celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany.

    The feast is the climax to two weeks of Christmas celebrations and commemorates the journey of the Three Kings, or Magi, to Bethlehem and the offering of gifts to the infant Jesus Christ.

    This year the procession was attended by Queen Sophia -- wife of newly-crowned King Juan Carlos who became Spain's ruler following the death of General Franco. Queen Sophia and her children sat in a royal stand in central Madrid and watched the huge street procession pass.

    In Spain, the Feat of the Epiphany -- rather than Christmas Day -- is the time to exchange gifts. Children receive gifts from the Three Kings -- rather than from Santa Claus -- on the sixth of January.

    The street procession ended with a re-enactment of the Kings offering gifts to the infant Jesus.

    SYNOPSIS: In Madrid on Monday the people of the Spanish capital celebrated the feast of the Epiphany, or Three Kings. In Spain "Three Kings Day" is a more important occasion for celebrating than Christmas Day, which is entirely a religious Day, which is entirely a religious day. The Feast commemorates the journey of the Three Kings or Magi to Bethlehem and the offering of gifts to the infant Jesus Christ.

    This is the time to exchange gifts which traditionally are from the Three Kings rather than Santa Claus. This year Queen Sophia -- wife of Spain's newly-crowned Monarch King Juan Carlos -- attended the procession.

    The climax of the street procession was a re-enactment of the Kings offering gifts to the infant Jesus.

    According to tradition, there are three kings -- Melchior, Balthazar and Caspar.

    The Kings present gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold.

    Queen Sophia and her children received the Three Kings at the end of the procession. According to tradition, all children receive their gifts on the following day -- the sixth of January.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACRBBUJNAGTM0JOAGCXJIN3XJV
    Media URN:
    VLVACRBBUJNAGTM0JOAGCXJIN3XJV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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