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Celebrate the Feast of Epiphany with These Tips from Around the World

Tips to Celebrate the Feast of Epiphany

Please join us to learn about the Feast of the Epiphany.

Like the song, Christmas lasts a full 12 days. Beginning on December 24, the Christmas holiday spans twelve days, culminating on January 6, otherwise known as the Epiphany. This holiday marks a feast to celebrate the baptism of Jesus, by John the Baptist, as well as the visitation of the three Kings, also known as the Three Wise Men. Christians around the world celebrate the Epiphany. However, interpretations differ. Some celebrate as a single day while others celebrate an Epiphany season, and in some cases, it’s even celebrated on January 19.

The word ‘Epiphany’ comes from Greek and means ‘manifestation’. It celebrates ‘the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ’.

In the West, Christians began celebrating the Epiphany in the 4th century, associating it with the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus.

According to the Gospel of Matthew, the three kings found baby Jesus by following a star across the desert to Bethlehem.

The three kings – named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar – followed the star of Bethlehem to meet the baby Jesus. According to Matthew 2:11, they offered symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Here are some versions of how the Epiphany is celebrated around the globe.

  • Roast lamb was served as a traditional festive dish throughout Europe to celebrate the occasion.
  • The three Kings were symbolic of the three primary geographic regions of the time: Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  • In Latin culture, the feast of Epiphany translates to Dia de los Reyes, or Day of the Three Kings.
  • In Eastern Orthodox traditions, priests bless a body of water by throwing a cross in. The devout then dive in to try to retrieve it.
  • The six Sundays which follow Epiphany are known as the time of manifestation.

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