Hundreds of Polish Cities Staged the Cavalcade of the Magi Kings

The traditional Cavalcade of the Magi originated in Spain. In recent years it has become a custom in hundreds of Polish cities.

Newsroom (8/11/2022 9:02 AM, Gaudium Press) The “Cavalcade of the Magi” originated in Spain, celebrating the visit of the Magi to Baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

Like most processions, the Cavalcade of the Magi is a dramatic but no less pious way to celebrate Christmas, as it recalls the Epiphany of the Lord.

An authentic catechesis through the streets

On a cavalcade along the streets, characters play the role of the Magi, Angels, and Saints and go along with the children to venerate the Child Jesus in the Nativity scene while singing Christmas carols, distributing sweets and gifts to the children along the way.

Last January 6, the feast of the Three Wise Men, 668 Polish cities hosted this Christmas tradition.

Warsaw hosted the event for the 12th time and had unique stations along the way, such as “Herod’s house,” “the Shepherds of Bethlehem,” and even “the battle between good and evil.”

Piotr Giertych, president of the Foundation Cavalcade of the Magi, notes that similar “cavalcades have also taken place in the streets of Ukraine, Austria, France, England, Congo, and Cameroon. The Foundation sent more than 300,000 wreaths and 100,000 Christmas carols to the organizers.”

Pandemic Restrictions

However, despite the considerable number of Polish cities, officials recall that the number was much higher before the pandemic. In 2020, for example, 820 cities organized similar events.

According to the organizers, the Cavalcade of the Magi is a direct form of street evangelization and a great cultural contribution, helping people experience joyful Christmas traditions.

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This year’s Cavalcades in Poland collected charity donations for needy children in Kenya. (FM)

With files from Infocatólica

Compiled by Gustavo Kralj

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