The end of Christmas is marked with feast called “Epiphany”
Most Non-Christians hardly know that Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox Christians have several festivals other than Christmas that are equally important. “Epiphany” is one of them. It is one of the earliest and extremely popular Christian feast which is traditionally observed on 6th January each year. The festival happens exactly on the twelfth night after Christmas.
- The word “Epiphany” is derived from the Latin word “epiphania” meaning “manifestation”.
- In Western Christianity, Epiphany commemorates the revelation of baby Jesus’ divine nature to the three wise men
- (Magi) named Melchior
- Balthasar coming from the East carrying frankincense, myrr, and gold as gifts for Mary’s child.
- Hence, “Three Kings Day” is another name for Epiphany. Thus, the legend of Magi visiting baby Christ in the manger of Bethlehem? gave birth to the tradition of presenting gift at Christmas.
- In Eastern Christianity, Epiphany is recognized as the auspicious day when Jesus was baptised by John and he (Christ) revealed his true identity to the world as God’s own Son.
- Some churches commemorate Epiphany as the day when Christ manifested his miraculous divinity by turning water into wine. For most Protestants, the period of Epiphany starts on 6 January and continues till Ash Wednesday, which marks the period of Lent leading to Easter.
How is Epiphany celebrated around the world?
- In all Spanish-speaking countries, Epiphany festival is known as ‘Fiesta de los tres Reyes Mages’ meaning “The Celebration of Three Magic Kings”.
- The festive day is reserved for exchanging gifts and partying. Most Christmas gifts are opened on the day of Epiphany.
- Kids and children are encouraged to write letter to the kings for new toys and goodies. On the festive eve, children put their shoes under the Christmas tree, balconies, or on windowsills to get their wishes fulfilled.
May the supreme Lord guide you to his divine light.. On Epiphany and always..
Wishing that you be blessed with gifts of love, peace and happiness on Epiphany and Always.
May the glory of the Lord fill your heart with peace and joy.. On Epiphany and Always.
May the Lord shower you with his blessings on Epiphany and always.
May the glory of the Lord guides you always.
May the Lord pulls you through all ups & downs in life.
Thank you Lord for blessing us with your presence.
As our Lord.. Makes this holy night radiant. By sending his son to us..
I wish my the peace of Heaven.. Resides in your heart and soul..
Have a blessed Epiphany.
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