Christians in Europe and Africa Gear Up for Epiphany Celebration On January 6th

Epiphany Is Celebrated At The Annual Timkat Festival in Ethiopia (Getty)
Epiphany Is Celebrated At The Annual Timkat Festival in Ethiopia (Getty)

Epiphany falls 12 days after Christmas Day on January 6 and is a very important date in the Christian calendar.

Christians used to celebrate Christmas for 12 days straight and it marks the end of the festive season.

The ancient Christian feast day is significant as it is a celebration of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist and is also regarded as a more general celebration of his birth.

The 12th night (Epiphany) also marks a visit to the baby Jesus from the three kings (three Wise Men).

Epiphany has been celebrated in Europe since the 4th century and is associated with the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus.

The Gospel of Matthew says the three kings – named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar – followed a star across the desert to Bethlehem, bearing gifts gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Gold represented Jesus’s royal standing, frankincense his divine birth and myrrh his mortality.

The word ‘Epiphany’ comes from Greek and means ‘manifestation.’

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SOURCE: AMANI HUGHES
The Express