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Epiphany 2014: Three Kings Day marks the end of Christian celebrations

Children Epiphany carolers dressed as the Three Kings walk toward at Schloss Bellevue palace to meet with German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt on January 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
Children Epiphany carolers dressed as the Three Kings walk toward at Schloss Bellevue palace to meet with German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt on January 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Today, Jan. 6 is the celebration of Epiphany. Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day is a Christian celebration marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. It is a traditional feast that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ.

Christians believe the twelve days of Christmas ends with the “Feast of Epiphany” which is also known as “The Manifestation of God."

According to KansasCity.com on Jan. 5, Epiphany is celebrated in many different ways across the globe, however, Italy has a deep tradition that is a definite kid favorite.

“In Italy, the night before Epiphany, also known as a twelfth night, is known to most children as a night when the good witch, known as the Befana, arrives on her broomstick and brings sweets, chocolates, fresh fruit and treats to the children have been good and coal to those who have not. Usually the children leave socks out so the Befana will fill them with the gifts.”

Almost like a “Christmas redo” for children.

According to Biblical study the Three Kings, or better known as the Three Wise Men, (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) followed a bright star to Bethlehem that had been prophesized hundreds of years beforehand that was to lead them to the future King of Israel.

Upon their arrival the Kings found a newborn child who they believe is a promised Savior of all who believe in God, for this child is Son of God, Jesus Christ.

The Kings brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

If you are a Christian, no matter how you celebrate today, enjoy!