Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Epiphany 2016: Dates, Customs And History Of ‘Three Kings Day’

The Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the 12 Days of Christmas and the new season of Epiphany, is observed on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

While Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity focuses on the story of the Magi, Eastern Christians, like the Greek Orthodox, celebrate the baptism of Jesus on Epiphany and consider the day to be more important than Christmas.

Traditionally, Epiphany is observed by blessing the home (recalling the Magi’s visit to Jesus’ family), blessing water (especially the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized), exchanging gifts, performing ‘Magi plays’ (to tell the story of Jesus’ childhood) and feasting, most notably on a ‘King Cake.’

But celebrations vary around the world.”

Read more@ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/epiphany-2016_568c414de4b0a2b6fb6da2b6

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