- January 6 -

Three Kings Day / Epiphany

Epiphany, commonly known as Three Kings’ Day celebrates the three wise men’s visit to baby Jesus and also remembers his baptism, according to the Christian Bible’s events. 
 Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It was celebrated since the end of the second...

Three Kings Day / Epiphany

Epiphany, commonly known as Three Kings’ Day celebrates the three wise men’s visit to baby Jesus and also remembers his baptism, according to the Christian Bible’s events.

Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It was celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. It is commonly known as Twelfth Night, Twelfth Day, or the Feast of Epiphany. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is also called Theophany (“manifestation of God”), especially by Eastern Christians. Epiphany also refers to the church season that follows the day.

It commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity, according to Christian belief, was manifested: when the three kings visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism.

January 6, the last day of Christmas, comes with its own traditions, rituals and symbols. Carolers are going from house to house; in many homes the Christmas tree is taken down and in some areas is burnt in a big bonfire. For the children this is an especially joyous occasion because, associated with taking down the tree goes the "plündern" (raiding) of the tree. The sweets, chocolate ornaments wrapped in foil or cookies, which have replaced the sugar plums, are the raiders' rewards.

Source:
http://tudecidesmedia.com/traditions-the-tradition-of-three-kings-day-p3002-128.htm
http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/epiphany

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