Epiphany, Theophany Holiday (January 6th )

Epiphany is Celebrated on January 6 the feast day, Epiphany meaning “vision of God”. Epiphany goes by various names in different cultures as Theophany (“manifestation of God” especially by Eastern Christians) or Twelfth Night. It is a religious public holiday connected with Christmas in many countries that Western Christians celebrate the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. The feast is celebrated on the Sunday that falls between January 2 and January 8. It commemorates the first two occasions in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible, and according to Christian belief. The first event was when the three wise men, the three kings (or Magi) Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem to bring gifts and blessings to the new-born baby. They played the most important role during the holiday of the Epiphany. The second was when St John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the River Jordan.


Russian icon of the Theophany (Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, 1497).

Greek Orthodox bishop at the Great Blessing of Waterson Theophany, releasing the cross off the Glenelg Jetty,South Australia, for one of the swimmers below to retrieve.

Theophany Crucession in Bulgaria. The priests are going to throw a wooden cross in the Yantra river. Believers will then jump into the icy waters to “save” the cross.

The Three Magi: Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar, from a late 6th century mosaic at the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo inRavenna, Italy.

A traditional Bulgarian all-male horo dance in ice-cold water on Theophany

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