On New Year’s Day, the holiday season might be over for some people, but some Christians have another holiday after Christmas to look forward to. Every year, the Ephipany (also known as Three Kings Day) is celebrated as a Christian feast day on the twelfth day of Christmas, January 6. The holiday season does not end for many Christians until the Epiphany, which marks the biblical worship of baby Jesus by the three kings (who are also known as Wise Men or Magi). The three kings followed a star, according to the Gospel of St. Matthew, to meet Jesus in the manger, where he was born in Bethlehem.
“During the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, Magi came from the east to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who was born king of the Jews? We saw his star as it grew and came to worship him,” says the Gospel of St. Matthew.
They went on their way after they heard the king, and the star they saw as it rose went before them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed when they saw the star. They saw the child with his mother Mary when they came to the house, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense,
The kings offered the baby gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Huffington Post states that gold is credited to royalty because Jesus is the “king of the Jews.” The frankincense shows the divine presence of Jesus as the son of God. Finally, myrrh symbolizes that Jesus was mortal and will die in the future for our sins, which is usually used as a preservative.
Children celebrating the Epiphany usually leave their shoes outside their doors overnight on January 5, according to ABC10, and find toys and gifts in them the next morning. This is reminiscent of how gifts from the Three Wise Men were offered to Jesus. Folks normally take down on the Epiphany or the day before, which marks the end of the 12 Days of Christmas, their Christmas tree and decorations. After the Epiphany, if you leave it up, it is thought to bring bad luck.
Three Kings Day is usually celebrated with parades and other activities around the world in non-pandemic periods. The feast day is marked in Spain with joyous parades. Kids dress up in Belgium like the three Wise Men, and go singing door-to-door. In Mexico, Rosca de Reyes, or Kings Cakes, are baked to celebrate Epiphany. These cakes have a small clay or porcelain baby Jesus statue concealed in the cake.