6th January 2023

Epiphany

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Epiphany is also called the Feast of the Epiphany, the Three Kings’ Day, or the 12th Day of Christmas . It commemorates how a star led the three kings or wise men, to the baby Jesus. Epiphany is one of the three main and oldest festival days of the Christian Church beside Easter and Christmas. Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, and other Western churches observe the feast on January 6, while some Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Epiphany on January 19, since their Christmas Eve falls on January 6.

The festival originated in the Eastern Church, and is called Theophany. It focuses on Jesus' baptism. In the Western church the festival celebrates the visit of the Three Magi to the baby Jesus.

Countries celebrate on the evening before and on the actual day with parades of decorative floats and people in costume as the kings bearing gifts.

Epiphany is known also as the holiday of light, and traditional foods include blood oranges, clementines or tangerines, dried figs, and exotic/spicy cakes, because the Magi came from the Orient.

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