Epiphany Date in the current year: January 6, 2016

Epiphany Western Christianity celebrates Epiphany on January 6 as one of important religious holidays. This day celebrates the reveal of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ.

The tradition to commemorate the visit of the Magi to Baby Jesus and Jesus's manifestation to the Gentiles on Epiphany is widespread among Western Christians. This day has different customs that change from country to country.

Although the celebration is different there are some equal features. For example, priests in white vestments bless Epiphany water, frankincense, gold and chalk. Chalk is later used to write the initials of the three kings Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar and the phrase Christus mansionem benedicat t over the doors of churches and homes.

There is one more ancient custom that is connected with Epiphany. On this day the priest announces the date of Easter. This custom takes roots from a time when calendars were not available, so the church needed somehow to publicize the date of Easter. The proclamation of the date may be sung or proclaimed after the reading of the Gospel or after the postcommunion prayer.

Epiphany can be a day off or just a religious holiday, that depends on country where it is celebrated.

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