Epiphany

Epiphany or Three Kings Day

Nativity figures of the three wise men. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.
Nativity figures of the three wise men. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Epiphany, the end of the Christmas season is 12 days after Christmas. It comes from a Greek words meaning show or reveal.

Epiphany, which is celebrated with festivites and gift exchanges, is often called Twelfth Night. Gift giving in some cultures extends throughout the 12 days of Christmas; elsewhere, gift giving is limited to January 5 or 6 (or December 24-25). In some traditions, Epiphany is celebrated as the Theophany, on January 19th. In Western churches, Epiphany celebrates the coming of the magi. Where Epiphany is celebrated as the Theophany, the event in the life of Jesus Christ that is commemorated is his baptism.

Categories: Civil Observances, Epiphany Sunday