January 6, 2023 was a day that changed the world. On this day, the world stood still as an epiphany of sorts swept across the globe. No one could have predicted that on this day, a new way of thinking and living would be ushered in, one that would lead to a future of peace and prosperity unparalleled before. In this article, we’ll explore how January 6, 2023 became a pivotal moment in global history—and what its implications are for our society today. Read on to find out more about why this date holds so much importance for all of us and what it could mean for our future.
What is Epiphany?
Epiphany, also known as Theophany, Little Christmas, or Three Kings’ Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not exclusively) the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christianity celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God.
The History of Epiphany
Epiphany, also known as Theophany, Little Christmas, or Three Kings’ Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not exclusively) the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles. According to Matthew 2:1–12, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem following a star (“the Star of Bethlehem”) which they thought indicated the birth of the King of the Jews. On arriving in Jerusalem they met with King Herod who, after enquiring diligently about where the king was born, directed them to Bethlehem where they found Jesus and honoured him with gifts.
Herod had given orders to kill all male infants in and around Bethlehem under age two in hopes of exterminating this potential rival to his throne. But an angel warned Joseph in a dream about Herod’s plan and he took Mary and Jesus to Egypt until Herod died.
The magi were most likely Zoroastrian astrologers from Persia (modern-day Iran). Zoroastrianism was one of the world’s oldest religions, founded by Persian prophet Zarathustra over 1,000 years before Christianity. One theory is that Zoroastrian priests may have been in Jerusalem studying ancient Hebrew texts that predicted a savior would be born of a virgin. These texts were likely familiar to Jewish scholars because some were included in
Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day, is celebrated in many parts of the world on January 6th. The holiday commemorates the day when the three wise men, or Magi, visited the baby Jesus.
In Spain, Epiphany is a very important holiday. On the night of January 5th, children leave their shoes out by the door in hopes that the Three Kings will leave them gifts. In the morning, they find their shoes filled with candy and small presents.
In Mexico, a special treat called Rosca de Reyes is eaten on Epiphany. The ring-shaped cake has a baby Jesus figurine hidden inside it. Whoever finds the figurine in their piece of cake is said to have good luck for the year ahead.
In Greece, children dress up as shepherds and visit homes singing traditional songs about Epiphany. They are usually given money or sweets in return for their performance.
Whatever way you choose to celebrate Epiphany, it’s sure to be a fun and festive occasion!
Epiphany is a day of celebration and joy for millions of people around the world. It marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas, with its own unique traditions that serve to bring families together. As we look ahead towards January 6th 2023, we can reflect on our own experiences and memories associated with Epiphany and take time to appreciate all that it has to offer us each year. With this in mind, let’s make sure that Epiphany 2023 will be one to remember!