Epiphany Holiday in Colombia in 2024


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Epiphany Holiday
  Dates of Epiphany Holiday in Colombia
2025 Colombia Mon, Jan 6 National Holiday
2024 Colombia Mon, Jan 8 National Holiday
2023 Colombia Mon, Jan 9 National Holiday
2022 Colombia Mon, Jan 10 National Holiday
2021 Colombia Mon, Jan 11 National Holiday
  Summary

In several countries in Latin America, Epiphany will be celebrated on the Monday after 6th January.

  Local name
Día de los Reyes Magos
  Epiphany Holiday in other countries
Epiphany Holiday internationally
Related holidays

When is Epiphany in Latin America?

Epiphany is one of three major Christian celebrations along with Christmas and Easter.

It is always celebrated on 6 January and commemorates the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men. In some countries, it may be known as 'Three Kings Day'.

In several countries in Latin America, Epiphany will be celebrated on the Monday after 6th January, if 6th January does not fall on a Monday.

History of Epiphany

Interestingly, the bible doesn't mention how many wise men there were - just that three gifts were given and that they came from the east.

The common consensus is that there were between two and twenty wise men. They were likely to have been Zoroastrian Priests. It wasn't until about 500AD that three was accepted to be the standard number of wise men - the reasoning simply due to the number of gifts.

To further complicate matters, the wise men may not even have been men or wise. In 2004, a report by the general synod of the church of England concluded that 'magi' gives no indication as to number, or gender, or even to the level of wisdom.

Epiphany is derived from the Greek word 'epiphaneia' and means manifestation. In religious use, the term means the appearance of an invisible divine being in a visible form.

The celebration of the Epiphany began in the Eastern Church and included a celebration of Christ's birth. However, by the 4th century AD, the various calendar reforms had moved the birth of Christ to 25 December and the church in Rome began celebrating 6 January as Epiphany. Armenian Christians still celebrate the birth of Christ on 6 January.

The period between Christmas Day and Epiphany is known as the Twelve Days of Christmas as celebrated in the popular Christmas carol of the same name.

Epiphany Traditions in Colombia

The day is normally spent with family, attending a church service or recreating the scene of the kings’ arrival. In Bogotá, barrio Egipto holds an impressive community-wide re-enactment.


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