Happy Epiphany!

Today, January 6th, is the Epiphany of our Lord. It’s the day we celebrate how Jesus made himself known in the world to all people, a light shining in the darkness. This day is often associated with the Magi, or Wise Men, following the star to Bethlehem to find Jesus.

For whatever reason, the actual date and festival of Epiphany seems to be almost overlooked on the church calendar, at least in the English-speaking part of North America. In contrast to this, the actual day of Epiphany seems to be a huge celebration in Latin America. On this “Three Kings Day,” many Latin American families celebrate and give presents. Apparently, it’s also a big day in at least some parts of Europe, since I read something about a “Three Kings Parade” going on in Spain.

My question is, why is there such a difference? Why do some areas and people make such a huge deal about Epiphany while others practically forget it? If anyone has insight into this, I’d love to hear it!

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