In Western Christianity, Epiphany commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men who followed the star to baby Jesus and is celebrated on January 6th. In the Orthodox Church Epiphany celebrates the Baptism of Christ, and so on this day, priests bless water through various rituals. The Orthodox festivities usually take place on the 19th of January, following the Julian calendar. Across the continents, Epiphany is celebrated in various ways such as processions of the Magi, the Three Wise Men, gift giving, a present-delivering witch, jumping into freezing water, and cakes with a hidden secret.
The word itself can mean the appearance or manifestation of a divine being, but it can also mean an intuitive grasp of reality through something (often some event) which is striking, yet simple. Perhaps reality is the divine? Wishing you an epiphany this Epiphany.
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