Once again this year Milano celebrates one of its oldest and most popular traditions, the procession of the Magi, the Three Kings, which brings the Christmas festivities to an end on January 6th.
The three Kings, the Municipal brass band and various groups of people in costume will gather together from 11:15 in Piazza Duomo and then proceed down via Torino to the Colonne di San Lorenzo. Here, the Magi will meet Herod at 12:15 and then make their way to the basilica di Sant'Eustorgio to offer their gifts.
According to tradition, this centuries-old Milanese devotion is based on an episode dating back to the fourth century, which sees the bishop Eustorgio transporting the remains of the three kings from Constantinople to Milano. The relics are now in a bronze urn in the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, placed above the altar dedicated to them.
The eight-pointed star on the bell tower of the basilica represents the very comet that guided the three kings to the grotto in Bethlehem.