Epiphany (holiday) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -In the Church of England, the eve of the feast used to be celebrated as Twelfth Night.  -  Adoration of the Magi by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 17th century (Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.

Epiphany (holiday) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -In the Church of England, the eve of the feast used to be celebrated as Twelfth Night. - Adoration of the Magi by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 17th century (Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.

The Three Magi: Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar, from a late 6th century mosaic at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy.

The Three Magi: Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar, from a late 6th century mosaic at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy.

A totally vegan version of the delicious traditional French king cake or “galette des rois”.

A totally vegan version of the delicious traditional French king cake or “galette des rois”.

January 6 is a special day in the traditions of Western Christianity.  For many years it was celebrated as "Old Christmas" in the Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States.  Folk tradition said that at the stroke of midnight on January 5, farm animals would bow down to honour the Christ Child.  For traditional Epiphany practices in other lands, here's a Wikipedia link.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphany    So, Merrie Olde Christmass!

January 6 is a special day in the traditions of Western Christianity. For many years it was celebrated as "Old Christmas" in the Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States. Folk tradition said that at the stroke of midnight on January 5, farm animals would bow down to honour the Christ Child. For traditional Epiphany practices in other lands, here's a Wikipedia link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphany So, Merrie Olde Christmass!

Orthodox faithful dip into the icy waters of a lake during the celebration of the Epiphany holiday near the village of Sretinka, some 40 kms from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. January, 19.

Orthodox faithful dip into the icy waters of a lake during the celebration of the Epiphany holiday near the village of Sretinka, some 40 kms from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. January, 19.

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