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rtx215xkEpiphany is also widely known as Three Kings Day, or even Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos.

The Christian holiday is typically celebrated 12 days after the Christmas in the Gregorian calendar, and serves, traditionally, to commemorate the baptism of Jesus, according to BBC News. The holiday was also associated with the three kings’ visit to the Christ child.

Epiphany is used to describe the final day of the 12-day Christmas celebrations, as well as the season of Epiphany. The term refers to the “manifestation” of Christ, and the holiday is also called “Theophany,” or the “manifestation of God,” according to Time and Date.

Epiphany is celebrated globally within the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox faiths. Countries, from Mexico and Switzerland to Germany and Spain, observe the religious holiday.

People perform during the traditional Epiphany parade in Malaga, southern Spain, Jan. 5, 2016. Children in Spain traditionally receive their Christmas presents delivered by the Three Wise Men on the morning of Jan. 6, during the Christian holiday of the Epiphany. Photo: REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Epiphany is the final “hurrah” of the Christmas season, a feast day that concludes Christmastime and involves a number of celebrations. Here is a look at how people from around the world, from Ukraine to the Italy, observe the holiday and celebrate their own traditions at the time of Epiphany.


Priests take part in a religious ceremony during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 19, 2016. Orthodox Christians celebrate the religious holiday of Epiphany by immersing themselves in water. Photo: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Children will leave empty shoes at the foot of their beds on the eve of Epiphany in the hopes that the three wise men will leave treats and gifts in their shoes for the next morning. Children can also write letters to the three kings, or wise men.


A man dressed as one of the Three Kings receives a baby pacifier from a girl during the Epiphany parade in Gijon, Spain Jan. 5, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

On Three Kings Day, children will also dress as the three kings – Gaspar, Melchor and Baltasar – and go from house to house to sing songs. They are given cookies and other treats. This particular tradition is typical of European countries like Slovakia and the Czech Republic, according to Time and Date.


‘Roscones de Reyes’ (Kings’ cakes) are placed on top of a table to cool down after baking at the Antigua Pasteleria del Pozo ahead of the Three Kings Day on Jan. 3, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. Antigua Pasteleria del Pozo (Old Pastry Shop of the Well) was founded in 1830 with the name Horno del Pozo (Oven of the Well) in Madrid Center. Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

A traditional holiday cake includes Rosca de Reyes, or the Gallette des Rois, as it’s referred to in France, is a large circular cake made with fresh and dried fruit. The cake is traditionally made with a tiny figurine of the baby Jesus baked inside. Finding a slice with the tiny infant figure inside it’s considered good luck. Those who receive the figure in their cake are tasked with hosting the Dia de los Candelaria.


Faithful dressed as the three Magi (the Three Wise Men) gather in St Peter’s Square during the Feast of the Epiphany attend the Pope Francis’ Angelus blessing on Jan. 6, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images



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