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Epiphany

The Catholic Church in England and Wales moves this festival to the nearest Sunday if it falls on a Saturday or Monday.  

Epiphany (Greek for "to manifest" or "to show"), is a Christian feast day which celebrates the revelation of God in human form as Jesus Christ.  In the East, where the celebration originated, 

the Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. 

In the West, Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three wise men to Jesus, known as the "adoration of the Magi", and is marked in some cultures by the exchange of gifts. 

This event started in 361 AD and is also known as Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) in countries like Puerto Rico and Spain. 

The celebration originates from the New Testament story in which the kings Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthasar travel by night to bring gifts to Jesus.

Last modified on Monday, 27 January 2014 20:58

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