Epiphany

According to Matthew 2:11, “they [the magi] saw the child with Mary his mother; and...they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (NRSV). The day of Epiphany, from the Greek meaning “manifestation,” is, for many Christians, the celebration of the baptism of Jesus or the visitation of the magi, and officially marks the end of the Christmas season.

Some churches also celebrate the season of Epiphany beginning on January 6, and extending until Lent. In Spanish-speaking communities, Epiphany is known as Dia de los Reyes, "Three Kings Day." It's a day for children and families to gather together in a festive time of welcoming the coming of the three kings to see the baby Jesus.

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