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The Epiphany, Three Kings Day and Little Christmas

Everyone knows that Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, but 12 days later, on January 6th, many Christians around the world enjoy a second Christmas celebration. Known by many names, including the Epiphany, Three Kings' Day, Little Christmas or the 12th Day of Christmas, January 6th was first celebrated as a feast day in the 4th century to commemorate Jesus' introduction in human form. Religious scholars explain that for many devout Christians, Christmas is a season rather than a day -- with festivities beginning with the Advent and concluding with the Epiphany. Among Orthodox or Eastern Christians, January 6th is...

Epiphany

When is Epiphany? Epiphany is one of the oldest holidays in Christianity. It is celebrated every year on January 6th, and it commemorates the visit to Jesus by the Three Wise Men shortly after his birth. Epiphany is older than Christmas, but ties into the holiday season in the Christian church. The types of celebrations vary based on faith, family customs and region. History of Epiphany Epiphany marks the day when the Three Wise Men made their journey to Bethlehem to see Jesus, the newborn king. According to the Holy Bible, the men followed a star to the stable where...

Kings Cakes

The Mardi Gras season begins on January 6 and continues until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. During this time of year, one of the most beloved traditions in New Orleans is that of the King Cake On the Christian calendar, the twelfth day after Christmas is known as "Epiphany", "Twelfth Night", or "Kings Day." It is the day the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus, and is celebrated with its own unique rituals. The New Orleans tradition, begun in the 1870s, borrows heavily from European customs. As part of the celebration of Mardi Gras, it is traditional to...

The Story of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras came to New Orleans through its French heritage in 1699. Early explorers celebrated this French Holiday on the banks of the Mississippi River. Throughout the years, Orleanians have added to the celebration by establishing krewes(organizations) which host parades and balls. Carnival quickly became an exciting holiday for both children and adults. Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" and of course is celebrated on that day of the week. The date can fall between February 3 and March 9 depending on the Lunar calendar, used by the Catholic Church to determine the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is always 47...

The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there" There was a kindly nobleman whose wife had died of an illness leaving the nobleman and his three daughters in despair. After losing all his money in useless and bad inventions the family had to move into a peasant's cottage, where the daughters did their own cooking, sewing and cleaning. When it came time for the daughters to marry, the father became even more depressed as his daughters could not marry without dowries, money and property given to the new husband's family....

Celebrating Christmas Around the World

Christmas is celebrated by Christians around the world. With Christmas celebrations occurring in nearly every country on the globe, there are many commonalities -- and even more unique twists. Here is a look at how Christmas is celebrated in different countries and cultures. Christmas in Russia In Russia, most Christians practice the Orthodox faith, in which Christmas is celebrated on the 6th of January. For 39 days, starting on the 1st of December, Russians will say special prayers and some even fast until Christmas. To celebrate Christmas Eve, the Russian Orthodox partake in a grand 12-course meal honoring each of...

The Many Faces of Santa

"He had a broad face and a round little belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly, He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself" Clement Moore, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, La Befana, St. Nick, Pere Noel On the night before Christmas, all across the world, millions of children will be tucked in their beds while "visions of sugarplums dance in their heads." When they awake they will check their stockings to see...

2019 Holiday Dates

1-Jan New Year's Day Federal Holiday 1-Jan New Year's Eve observed State holiday LA, MI, WI 6-Jan Epiphany Christian 7-Jan Orthodox Christmas Day Orthodox 12-Jan Lee Jackson Day State holiday Virginia 13-Jan Stephen Foster Memorial Day Observance 14-Jan Orthodox New Year Orthodox 15-Jan Martin Luther King Jr. Day Federal Holiday 15-Jan Robert E Lee's Birthday State holiday Alabama, Arkansas 15-Jan State Holiday State holiday Mississippi 15-Jan Idaho Human Rights Day State holiday Idaho 15-Jan Civil Rights Day State holiday Arizona, New Hampshire 19-Jan Robert E Lee's Birthday State holiday Florida 19-Jan State Holiday State holiday Texas 29-Jan Kansas Day Observance 31-Jan Tu...