Epiphany celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. The day commemorates the visit of the Three Kings to Bethlehem, who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Blessing of waters; house blessings; children leave their shoes by the door; children in groups of three proceed in costume from house to house while singing songs typical for the occasion, and receiving a coin or some sweets at each door; eating king cake; celebrating the beginning of the Carnival season in Louisiana; joining the Great Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs, Colorado
Legal holiday in:
Parts of Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Croatia, Andorra, Finland, Greece