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I believe that for most of you the holiday came to end with the New Year Day.

In many countries we still have one day to celebrate: "T he Epiphany ".

This is a Christian feast that is celebrated on the 6th of January.
In some European countries, like France, the day was moved to the first Sunday after the New Year (that is today).
In other countries like Italy and Switzerland will be celebrated on the 6th.

This day celebrates the three kings who brought precious gifts to Baby Jesus.
In many countries there is a traditional cake called " Three King Cake ".
This is a special cake, in the form of a crown, that contains a charm. Usually a small figurine made of porcelain.
The guest who find the small figurine is designated "king for a day".

Do you celebrate the Epiphany?
In Italy there is a traditional figure called "Befana", but I will tell you later about this tradition.


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Shadi wrote on January 3, 2015, 3:17 AM

I don't celebrate it but I know many who do in France. There is also Orthodox Christmas in the 7th of January and Armenian Church Christmas a week or two later I think.

LadyDuck wrote on January 3, 2015, 3:28 AM

You are right, the 7th of January is the Orthodox Christmas, there was a big Orthodox community in France and they celebrated this day.

nbaquero wrote on January 3, 2015, 6:29 AM

LadyDuck Yes in Colombia we observe the Ephiphany day, and it is called the "The Kings Day", unoffically marks the end of the Holiday Season.

Nar2Reviews wrote on January 3, 2015, 8:36 AM

What a lovely idea. I never knew about that. I know we celebrate it through music and praise in churches, but I wasn't aware of an actual celebration day.

LadyDuck wrote on January 3, 2015, 8:38 AM

It is the same in Italy and here in Southern Switzerland, this day marks the end of the holiday season and kids go back to school.

LadyDuck wrote on January 3, 2015, 8:39 AM

In several Catholic countries it is a celebration day.

nbaquero wrote on January 3, 2015, 8:45 AM

In my country, they still have a few more weeks of vacation until the beginning of February, but most people return to work, etc.

zabelle51 wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:44 AM

Hi Anna, I am Bellestarr from BB but I use a different name here. Anyway, I don't celebrate January 6 but I keep my decorations up until Feb 2 which is Candlemas. :)

kat123456 wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:46 AM

I don't celebrate this, I don't think that it is widely celebrated here in the UK x

LadyDuck wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:47 AM

Hello, I am glad to find you here. We also celebrate Candlemas.

LadyDuck wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:50 AM

I believe that mostly Catholic countries celebrate the Epiphany.

Anja wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:53 AM

No, we don't celebrate this day in the US. For many years, Christmas was not even a holiday and in my state, it was banned until the early 1800s by the stern Puritan types who settled here.

LadyDuck wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:24 AM

We always celebrated the Epiphany in Italy as the do in most Catholic countries around Europe.

k2705 wrote on January 3, 2015, 11:15 AM

We don't celebrate it here, in fact I
Have to be honest I hadn't heard of this holiday before now.

momathome wrote on January 3, 2015, 1:56 PM

I've heard of something called "Three Kings Day" before, is this the same thing? I have never celebrated it myself but when I was growing up a friend of mine at school always did, their parents kept them out of school for the day (if it was a school day).

OreoBrownies123 wrote on January 3, 2015, 6:11 PM

Hi LadyDuck! I just joined here. I wasn't sure where I should have started so I started at the top. I love the picture of that nativity scene. I'm glad to meet some of the people I knew from the other site. You know me as CharleneCollins2350. I won't be leaving there, but I hope to keep both of these sites going.

arthurchappell wrote on January 3, 2015, 6:39 PM

not celebrated in Britain - hope the extra day works out well for you - enjoy

Brenda wrote on January 3, 2015, 6:58 PM

I do and I like to celebrate with a cake. It is the 5th on Monday for us.

bleekley wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:57 PM

Day 1 of the 12 days of Christmas is the day after Christmas and the 12th day of Christmas is Epiphany, January 6.

seren3 wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:31 AM

In Canada Epiphany is the Twelth Day Of Christmas. It was the day the trees aand decorations came down. There was a church service also.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:37 AM

All the Catholic countries, not only in Europe but in every part of the world, celebrates this day.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:38 AM

Yes, "Three Kings Day" is the same thing. All the Catholic countries celebrates this day to remember the three Kings who brought precious gifts to Jesus.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:40 AM

OreoBrownies123 Hello Charlene, I am so glad to meet you here. Now I go to your profile page to follow you. I will not quit the other site, but I try to diversify... just in case.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:42 AM

When I lived in France, this day was celebrated on Sunday, so I have lost the habit. It's anyway a holiday, so I know I can enjoy one more peaceful day.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:43 AM

The 5th Monday!? How strange, in some countries it's the first Sunday after the New Year Day.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:44 AM

This is a great explanation of the 12 days of Christmas and I thank you, I have learned something new today.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:47 AM

I have read the comment above by bleekley and now I know that this is the 12th day of Christmas. We still celebrate this day in my native country (Italy) and also here in Switzerland where now I live.

peachpurple wrote on January 4, 2015, 4:02 AM

Nope malaysia christians don't celebrate "T he Epiphany because it is not compulsory for us, anyway, have a great day

momathome wrote on January 4, 2015, 4:38 AM

LadyDuck Okay, then I remember vaguely but of course I'd never heard it called by its proper name.

RegieEstioco wrote on January 4, 2015, 5:02 AM

In the Philippines, we celebrate it on the first Sunday of the year. This is the last day of Christmas season in the country.

ConstantDementia wrote on January 4, 2015, 5:07 AM

never heard of it until today. But I have head of the Orthodox Christmas being on 7th January. I wish it was made a public holiday so I can increase my vacation till the 8th.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 5:25 AM

Here in Europe there is a long list of countries that celebrate this festivity. I believe that Malaysia is not a mainly Christian or Catholic country.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 5:26 AM

In France it is celebrated the first Sunday after the New Year day, so for them Epiphany is today.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 5:27 AM

Yes, I confirm the Orthodox Christmas is around January 6th, I have Armenian friends who, this year, celebrate the 7th of January.

maxeen wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:08 AM

Darned British getting in the way again.

maxeen wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:12 AM

We don't celebrate this in UK ,not too many churches around these days.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:25 AM

This is more a Catholic festivity, many European countries celebrate this day, but not all.

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:29 PM

Yes, we do celebrate, though we call it Theophany and recall the Baptism of Christ. All the waters are blessed on this day.

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:30 PM

Some Orthodox (Orthodox Church of America, for instance) celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25 with everyone else and celebrate Theophany on Jan 6.