Tomorrow is Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, which celebrates the Adoration of the Magi, or the three Kings from the East who followed a star to find and acknowledge the divinity of the Christ child, and acknowledge His role as Saviour for the entire world.
The Adoration is a major theme in Western art.
|The Adoration of the Magi - by Fran Angelico|
In English speaking countries it is known as the 12th Day of Christmas and can be a bit sad since it end the holiday season. In some places, like the part of England in which I used to live, Christmas decorations must come down by the day or people believe they will have bad luck in the coming year.
However, in other nations, the holiday is a very important day and a time for gifts, parades,and celebrations. In Catalonia, where my partner Benja is from, the holiday is the highlight of the Christmas season. Gifts are exchanged today with family and friends at huge festive meals. Christmas day itself is just a beginning to this, the highlight of festivities for the season.
|Three Kings Eve in Barcelona|
|The arrival of the Three Kings in Barcelona|
One of the highlights of the family celebration is the eating of a beautiful "Tortell de Reis" or Kings Cake. It really looks delicious -- but the presentation is the important thing!
I want to wish all our readers who celebrate Three Kings Day, and most importantly my wonderful husband Benja, a most glorious holiday, and a fantastic 2015!