When is the Feast of the Epiphany celebrated?
While The Feast of the Epiphany is generally celebrated on the 6th of January, it can be celebrated any time between the 2nd and the 8th. Usually, whichever day lands on a Sunday. Technically, it lands on the 5th in 2020, the 3rd in 2021, and the 2nd on 2022. Many people call this holiday Saint “Nicholas Day” or even “Little Christmas” due to the fact that it is like Christmas due to gift giving and a feast, but to a smaller extent.
What are the Feast of the Epiphany’s origins?
This is one of those holidays that actually has a long history, as well as a place in our culture, but was forgotten about over time. It is meant to be a day that celebrates the Three Wise Men, the Three Magi, The Three Kings, or, by name, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. These are the three men who brought gifts to Jesus when he was in the manger.
The Feast of the Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season and is often celebrated through the giving of small gifts. It can also be celebrated with a feast. Many people keep their decorations out until this day. After which they then take down the decorations and put them away for the next year. It is a great symbolization of the holiday ending and getting ready for the remainder of the year.
The song 12 days of Christmas is talking about this day, as this day generally lands 12 days after Christmas. Many people believe that it is talking about 12 days prior to Christmas, but that would be inaccurate.