Three Kings Day/Epiphany/Old Christmas/12th Night, January 6th

Three Kings Day/Epiphany/Old Christmas/12th Night, January 6th

January 6th is the twelfth day after Christmas. It is celebrated in many Catholic cultures with special cakes, gatherings, and gifts. It is traditionally considered the day the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem at the stable to see the Christ Child, hence the King’s Day cakes on this day. These cakes frequently contain fortune telling trinkets inside them.

The day was also historically celebrated in the Southern Appalachian Mountain region of the US as “old Christmas.” This was a day of music, dancing, and joyful celebration, while Dec. 25 was a somber and religious holiday.


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