Feast of the Epiphany - Three Kings Day
When is the Feast of the Epiphany?
Future Dates: January 3, 2121; January 2, 2022; January 8; 2023; January 7, 2024; January 6, 2025. Except traditionalists always celebrate it on the 6th.
Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar were the three kings from the Orient. They are also known as the Three Wise Men or the Three Magi. They were merchants who saw the star over Bethlehem when Christ was born. They followed the star, to find the Christ child lying in the manger on January 6th. They brought the Christ child gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The word "Epiphany" comes from the Greek word "to reveal". This day is known as "Theophany" - the revelation of God to Man.
The Feast of the Epiphany is also known to some as Three Kings Day, and Little Christmas. It marks the end of Christmastide. In eastern Europe, it is as important as Christmas Day. Some people also refer to this day as "Saint Nicholas Day. However, the Feast of Saint Nicholas is celebrated on December 6th.
For many, the nativity scene, with the manger and figurines of those at the stable on this day, are kept up through January 6th, and are the last decorations to be put away until next Christmas.
Did You Know? The song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" refers to the period between Christmas and The Feast of the Epiphany. Many, if not most people, erroneously associate this period as the twelve days leading up to Christmas.
To some Christians, Little Christmas, is a time to exchange gifts. It often consists of candy, fruit, or small gifts.
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