Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Let’s bring back the glorious food traditions of Twelfth Night (largely, lots of cake)

Pastries, punch, cake and kutya – with all these traditions, who needs turkey curry? Twelfth Night is the perfect excuse to have one last feast like a king 

You may be back at work but don’t start the detox just yet, because Christmas doesn’t finish until Twelfth Night is done. No, not the Shakespeare play of the same name, but the festivities marking Epiphany, the arrival of the three kings to Jesus.

These days, not many Brits know much about Twelfth Night, but in the medieval and Tudor periods, it was more important than Christmas Day. And there are plenty of Epiphany rituals – especially regarding food – which are well worth passing onto the next generation.

As recently as the 1950s, Twelfth Night in Britain was a night for wassailing, a tradition that’s enjoying something of a revival.”

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