Sunday 4 January 2015

Prelude to Epiphany ...

Over here in Spain they really know how to make Christmas last. It's still going on! Can you believe it? And tomorrow is the main event when they celebrate the visit of the Wise Kings to the Baby Jesus by giving their presents to one another. There'll be a big parade as the Wise Kings ride their cavalcade through town.

Tonight we had a warm-up to tomorrow's main event. The pages of the Wise Kings came to collect the children's Christmas letters. Volleys of fireworks heralded their arrival.

I don't know what it is about this country, but they seem to celebrate everything with fireworks. Mr B absolutely loves them. Every excuse he's off sending sparks and flaming cartwheels of flaring light into the night sky.

Our village is an old Catalan fishing village so it was only fitting that the pages and their retinues should arrive by sea. After the fireworks their flotilla of boats entered the harbour, lit by the lights of their torches. Sadly I was at the back of the crowd and struggled to capture the moment on my camera. 

But soon their retinue of veiled girls and turbaned boys filed past.

Excited children in the crowd ooh-ed and ah-ed. Perhaps some of them recognised an older sibling in oriental dress.

 More fireworks exploded into the night sky ...

... followed by a chorus of drums.

The people on the quay around us got more and more excited. They pushed and shoved, and we found ourselves being moved around by the press and movement of our neighbours.

The pages led their procession through the crowd to their specially customised tractor, which I'd photographed earlier.

Taking their places they drove off through the crowd into the village. Every now and then their cavalcade stopped to take letters from the village children outlining their gift wishes for tomorrow night.

The other people drifted after them, but we stayed behind unwilling to get caught in the crush of the crowd again.

And the harbour, slowly returned to normal: nice and quiet with the twinkling lights of the village dancing in the water of the bay and the dark shoulder of the mountain silhouetted in the night sky by the light of a full moon.

Happy Epiphany!

And all the best for now,

Bonny x

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  1. Here in Florida, we celebrated the Epiphany at Mass on Sunday, January 4.

  2. A fantastic celebration fireworks always look good whatever time of year. I love your after the party shot !

  3. Sounds and looks like a fun celebration. I'm always glad to get back to (normal) living after Christmas and New Years have past.

  4. I'm so glad Christmas is over here. I love that last shot.

  5. Beautiful night shots, and how nice to know somewhere in the world the Christmas celebration is longer than a day!

  6. Wonderful. Thank you for showing me how celebrations are in other parts of the world. Great night shots.