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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Three Wise Men to visit families on January 5

The Three Kings Bringing Gifts

Although the pandemic will not prevent Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar from doing their work, it will change the way in which they do itSo, this year, the arrival of the Three Wise Men to different parts of Tenerife will be broadcast on televisions and social networks.

Santa Cruz will host the welcoming ceremony for the Three Wise Men. Televisión Canaria will broadcast the arrival of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar at a Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium, from 5:30pm. This will also be shared via the town hall's social media.

Since the beginning of the pandemic and its consequent restrictive measures, the announcement of the arrival and reception of the Magi in Santa Cruz has been changing and adapting to the circumstances and the evolution of the sanitary measures imposed. Although the last thing that was known was that Their Majesties from the East would arrive in the city through the capital's port, without an audience, it seems that they will finally do so at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium, also in a ceremony behind closed doors.

Last Monday morning a helicopter could be seen flying low over the Stadium and accessing the interior of the sports complex, as has been done in other years as a preliminary test of the approach maneuver for the arrival of the Kings. Municipal sources consulted by newspaper Diario de Avisos confirmed that it seems that it has finally been decided that the Three Wise Men will arrive at the Stadium instead of at the port, in a reception that will be held without the public and behind closed doors, and that it will be recorded and broadcast. 

At the end of last November, the Santa Cruz City Council confirmed that the traditional Three Kings parade could not be held either, but that "royal walks" would be carried out through the five districts, the exact route in each district would be known at very short notice to avoid crowds forming as Their Majesties from the East passed by. There will be no stops, they won't be distributing sweets and won't be able to accept letters in person. They will begin their routes at 6:15pm, in open top busses, with a police escort.

In La Laguna authorities are preparing the tours of Their Majesties "in a format that avoids crowds" and adjusted to the safety regulations against COVID-19. They will not make their traditional parade through the Old Town, nor will they arrive by tram like in other years. However, the Three Wise Men will visit the six districts; Casco, La Cuesta, Taco, Guamasa, Comarca Nordeste and Las Mercedes. Also non-stop and without distribution of sweets, they will also be broadcast on Mírame TV

In Los Realejos too, the town hall has come to an agreement with The Three Kings, so that, for the first time, they will visit all of the districts of the municipality on 5 January.

In El Rosario, mayor, Escolástico Gil, signed a bill this weekend in which he granted the Three Wise Men a safe-conduct so they could work beyond the curfew, established at 10pm in Tenerife. There will also be a caravan through the main streets of the municipality.

In Tegueste, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar are scheduled to be in the church of San Marcos from 6:00 p.m. There the children will be able to enter to greet them, from afar of course, and in an orderly manner, entering through one nave of the church and leaving through another. 

Tacoronte will have their Majesties of the East en route throughout the municipality from eleven o'clock in the morningIn El Sauzal the same routine will be followed, although in this case the caravan will depart at three in the afternoon from the town center to finish at 8 pm in the Plaza de San Pedro. In La Matanza, the procession will start at 11 a.m., in La Victoria at 6.30 p.m., and in Santa Úrsula at 12 p.m. In La Orotava the Kings will make a royal walk through all the neighborhoods, although it will not be until the last minute when the schedule is known. The same will happen in Puerto de la Cruz with last minute details released.

In La Guancha they are organising a caravan of Kings through the neighborhoods with the council committed to maintaining in the programming a "fleeting visit" of Their Majesties from the East on January 5, which will begin at three in the afternoon.

In Icod de Los Vinos there will also be a visit through the streets of the municipality, while in Garachico, the Kings will begin their walk at three in the afternoon. El Tanque, Los Silos and Buenavista will also enjoy the royal walk. The social networks of the municipalities offer the details of the activities, which are subject to the conditions set by Public Health.

South of Tenerife

In the South of Tenerife, there will be various events, some with the handover of keys, others with the royal caravan through the neighborhoods, but everyone will enjoy their Majesties in one way or another. Thus, in Santiago del Teide, the central courtyard of the town hall, at 5.30 pm, will receive the Three Kings, without an audience, but broadcast through the council's social networks. In Guía de Isora, the traditional parade is replaced by a royal walk that will go through all the streets. 

In San Miguel, the Three Wise Men were to have doubled their efforts, by starting to visit the districts on Monday, but this had to be posponed because of the rain. Their Majesties will make all of their royal visits today, starting at 11am. In Granadilla, the royal procession will also visit the neighborhoods on January 5, starting from 2pm, in open top cars. In Arico they will start their tour at 12 noon through El Río and La Cisnera and from three in the afternoon through the rest of the neighborhoods.

Arafo will also have a royal walk from 6.30 p.m. and before that, at five in the afternoon, they will greet all the children from the Facebook page of the Town Hall. In Candelaria, the Kings will tour the municipality aboard convertibles on the afternoon of January 5.

This year in Adeje, the arrival of the Three Wise Men will be virtual. Their Majesties the Three Wise Men, aware of the epidemiological situation, join the virtual initiatives. This year, the reception of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will be virtual and can be followed through the Council's Facebook page, Radio Sur Adeje, Channel 4, Channel 10 and Mírame TV.

In Arona, the Los Cristianos Cultural Center will host a virtual meeting with Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar, who will interact with the little ones through social networks.

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