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Epiphany 2012 Feast of the Three Kings

Posted on January 4, 2012 | FestivalsNo Comment

Come the time of Christmas and everyone basks in the revelry of exchanging gifts and making resolutions for the oncoming year. Post the celebrations of Christmas comes the time of Epiphany. The word Epiphany comes from the Greek word Epiphania which means revelation and has a biblical tale behind its origin. As per the Bible there was the Magi or the three kings – Caspar , Balthasar and Melchior. Caspar is also known as Kaspar or Gaspar. This Magi saw a bright star the night Jesus Christ was born and they followed it to the town of Bethlehem.

Feast of the Three Kings

At Bethlehem they are said to have found the baby Jesus Christ and they gave him lot of gifts of myrrh, frankincense and gold. This gift giving act is what is associated with giving gifts during Christmas. The act of the three kings giving a gift led to the beginning of the Feast of the three kings. This is traditionally observed every year on the sixth of January.

There are various names for Epiphany in different cultures in the world. It is known by the names of Three Kings Day, Little Christmas, Twelfth Night and sometimes Twelve days of Christmas. So counting from the Christmas day, the twelfth day is the Epiphany or the feast of the three kings.

As per the Hispanic tradition, in Spanish speaking countries, the Christmas day was always a solemn kind of event, and they normally celebrate the Dia de los Reyes or the Three Kings day. But certain Hispanic cultures are also allowing buying and exchanging of gifts on Christmas days these days keeping up with the times.

Dia de los Reyes

In Mexico, the Rosca de Reyes is a festive bread that is made in the shape of the King’s crown and given on the Three Kings Day.

In England, the feast of the three kings is known by the name of the Twelfth night and is the last chance that is given to the people to celebrate and enjoy before they get into the usual everyday routine. The Yule log is kept lit till the Twelfth night signifying lot of fortune and luck to the world in the coming year.

There is in fact a favourite carol sung during Christmas that celebrates the giving of gifts French hens, partridges, golden rings etc in celebration of the Feast of the three kings or the Twelve days of Christmas.

Feast of the three kings festival

Germany celebrates this day by going from door to door on the eve of Epiphany, and sing carols and chalk the KMB initials in memory of the first letter of the three kings Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar. In the night of Epiphany the Dreikonigskuchen or the three kings Cake is served in celebration.

In earlier Russia and Italy the tradition of La Befana is celebrated. It is believed that on this day, Baboushka the old kind witch makes a visit every year on this day and gives presents to all through the chimney on the night of the fifth of January.

The Feast of the Three Kings is thus a way of thanking the three Kings or the magi who saw the star which led them to the discovery of Baby Jesus. The feast of the three kings also is a way of avoiding Christmas Blues which normally strikes the revelers after Christmas and they wait for this 12th day after Christmas which gives them a chance again to enjoy and celebrate. Festivals are a way of bonding and creating goodwill and there is no better way than festivals like the Feast of the three kings to endorse this.

Feast of the Three Kings Epiphany

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