Well, some of you may have heard about a somewhat famous:
ROSCÓN DE REYES
Hehehe, so here is it's small story. :p
It was the 5th of January, around 12:00 o'clock, when my mother was nagging to get me to help her carry the shopping around (which I always do, with or without nag -_-), I reminded her we had to get the Roscón de Reyes today. So, we went off to buy it from a bakery which occupies the place of the old pet shop where I used to buy crickets for my frogs. :O
My mother wanted to get one that weighed half a kilo, but they looked small and squashed.
"No! No! Uno de un kilo, jeje" I said
"No - es demasiado grande..." replied Mum to the baker's.
Then, I and my mother had a small "discussion" about what was better, a 500gr or a 1000gr Roscón. I managed to "win" so we bought a heavier Roscón.
"But you must eat it!"
"Sure I will eat it! Yummy!"
Anyway, when we got home, before putting it in the fridge, I put it on the couch, and took a picture of it in its box. XD
Later on, we got to eat a bit, so I here is what a real Roscón looks like. I put the V4 in front just so you know more or less how big it is (tamagotchi's are the unit of measurement on THIS forum!!).
Well - so you know a bit more about the Roscón, Roscón means "Big Rosco", and a "Rosco" is a round shaped thing with a hole in the middle, like a Donut, or an old 25 peseta coin, which have holes in the middle, or a '0', or a "Rosco de vino", which is a yucky powdered type of Donut eaten at Christmas.
So, Roscón de Reyes means a bit like, "Donut of the Kings". In Spain, Father Christmas doesn't come, but the Three Wise Men, known here as the Reyes Magos (Wizard Kings), and this is their "food" I guess. :p Inside, if you are lucky, you can find a "lucky charm". If you get the lucky charm you supposedly get luck, and if there are no beans inside the Roscón, then you must pay for the Roscón next year too.
After a couple of days, my mother found a lucky charm in her piece - a king, and then I happened to nearly bite into one in my piece, so this Roscón actually had two lucky charms.. :O I guess big Roscones are for big families, and they must have more than one charm. Mine was a bear. XD
This is what they look like - the king is what my mother found, the bear what I found. As for the pig, that must have been from a past Roscón.
And about the Cabalgata - I am not sure exactly what it means but "cabalgar" means "to ride a horse", and it takes place on the 5th of January, usually in the evening.
Since in the newspapers it said it would be nearby where we live, we decided to go, and I took a phew pictures, but only of the most boring stuff.
As usual, the Cabalgata came late...But when it did we all knew because a long line of police cars went through. The amount of people there were is amazing! I was actually quite lucky to get a place at the front.
It was absolutely packed with people!
Anyway, after the police cars went by, the opening "thing" went past - a load of people - I mean policemen - riding horses:
After that, I don't have anymore pictures of the cabalgata, but many big "coach-type-things-like-what-you-get-at-carnival" went by, and the people on each one, would throw sweets, so its ideal to have a bag with you to get them. Strange thing is, I hardly ever eat them, they just sit there forever. XD
At one point, a Narnia coach spent ages in front of me, and apart from giving us inhuman amounts of sweets, they brought out these artificial snow and foam cans, and covered everyone with snow, so I had artificial snow (which looked like balls of polystyrene) all up my sleeve and all over my hair, hahahaha.
I also got a chance to see some REAL fireworks in REAL life. Since some arquitect building was sponsoring one of the coaches, as they went by they began shooting these green and pink fireworks in the sky. It was so blinding, but so pretty. =) You could even see it on the ground! At the end, they added some kind of sparkling effect, and then it all ended. It was beautiful!
I have seen "fireworks" before, but they are known as "petardos" and all they do is make a loud noise and a puff of smoke. Not exactly for weddings.
At the end, an ambulance, more police cars and a fire engine went by "just in case there was an accident" and they proudly showed off to everyone how loud their claxons were. =S The streets are also quite disgusting, hehe, squashed sweets everywhere, the poor sweets which haven't been caught:
I was about 1cm higher when I got home because there was so much stuck to the bottom of my trainers.
Not much fun to get off - but it came off. Now the streets go "cruass-cruass" when you walk over them, heehee.
And last, but not least, there was a nice full moon that night. For some reason, I like full moons.
It looks better than half moons and crescent moons, and I like to see them suddenly emerge from behind a building, and if they are bright enough - you can sometimes see them during day, haha