The Three Wise Men return to Madrid for Epiphany

Most Spanish children receive their Christmas presents on Jan. 6, the day when Melchior, Balthazar and Caspar are said to have visited the infant Christ with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Parades held across Spain on the evening before usually draw huge crowds but they were all cancelled last year to limit infections. This year many towns and villages have allowed festivities to go ahead with various restrictions.

Madrid authorities limited attendance to 7,000 people, while participants were banned from throwing sweets into the crowd - usually a pivotal part of the festivities.

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