Epiphany around the world in 2020

Epiphany around the world in 2020
Epiphany commemorates the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus Image via Deposit Photos
  How long until Epiphany?
This holiday next takes place in 54 days.
  Dates of Epiphany around the world
2022 US Virgin IslandsJan 6
US Virgin Islands Thu, Jan 6National Holiday
2021 Various Jan 6
AndorraWed, Jan 6National Holiday
AustriaWed, Jan 6National Holiday
BelgiumWed, Jan 6Not A Public Holiday
CroatiaWed, Jan 6National Holiday
CyprusWed, Jan 6National Holiday
FinlandWed, Jan 6National Holiday
Germany Jan 6
Baden-WürttembergWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
BavariaWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
Saxony-AnhaltWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
GreeceWed, Jan 6National Holiday
GreenlandWed, Jan 6National Holiday
LiechtensteinWed, Jan 6National Holiday
PolandWed, Jan 6National Holiday
Puerto RicoWed, Jan 6National Holiday
San MarinoWed, Jan 6National Holiday
SlovakiaWed, Jan 6National Holiday
SpainWed, Jan 6National Holiday
SwedenWed, Jan 6National Holiday
Switzerland Jan 6
GraubündenWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
LucerneWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
TicinoWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UriWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
US Virgin IslandsWed, Jan 6National Holiday
UruguayWed, Jan 6Government Holiday
Vatican CityWed, Jan 6National Holiday
2020 Various Jan 6
AndorraMon, Jan 6National Holiday
AustriaMon, Jan 6National Holiday
BelgiumMon, Jan 6Not A Public Holiday
CroatiaMon, Jan 6National Holiday
CyprusMon, Jan 6National Holiday
FinlandMon, Jan 6National Holiday
Germany Jan 6
Baden-WürttembergMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
BavariaMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
Saxony-AnhaltMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
GreeceMon, Jan 6National Holiday
GreenlandMon, Jan 6National Holiday
LiechtensteinMon, Jan 6National Holiday
PolandMon, Jan 6National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Jan 6National Holiday
San MarinoMon, Jan 6National Holiday
SlovakiaMon, Jan 6National Holiday
SpainMon, Jan 6National Holiday
SwedenMon, Jan 6National Holiday
Switzerland Jan 6
GraubündenMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UriMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Jan 6National Holiday
UruguayMon, Jan 6Government Holiday
Vatican CityMon, Jan 6National Holiday
2019 Various Jan 6, Jan 7
AndorraSun, Jan 6National Holiday
AustriaSun, Jan 6National Holiday
BelgiumSun, Jan 6Not A Public Holiday
CroatiaSun, Jan 6National Holiday
CyprusSun, Jan 6National Holiday
FinlandSun, Jan 6National Holiday
Germany Jan 6
Baden-WürttembergSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
BavariaSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
Saxony-AnhaltSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
GreeceSun, Jan 6National Holiday
GreenlandSun, Jan 6National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Jan 6National Holiday
PolandSun, Jan 6National Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Jan 6National Holiday
San MarinoSun, Jan 6National Holiday
SlovakiaSun, Jan 6National Holiday
Spain Jan 6, Jan 7
AndalucíaMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
AragonMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
AsturiasMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
Canary IslandsMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
Castile and LeónMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
CeutaMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
ExtremaduraMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
MadridMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
MelillaMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
MurciaMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
NavarraMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
SpainSun, Jan 6National Holiday
SwedenSun, Jan 6National Holiday
Switzerland Jan 6
GraubündenSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UriSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
US Virgin IslandsSun, Jan 6National Holiday
UruguaySun, Jan 6Government Holiday
Vatican CitySun, Jan 6National Holiday
2018 Various Jan 6, Jan 7
AndorraSat, Jan 6National Holiday
AustriaSat, Jan 6National Holiday
BelgiumSat, Jan 6Not A Public Holiday
CroatiaSat, Jan 6National Holiday
CyprusSat, Jan 6National Holiday
FinlandSat, Jan 6National Holiday
Germany Jan 6
Baden-WürttembergSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
BavariaSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
Saxony-AnhaltSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
GreeceSat, Jan 6National Holiday
GreenlandSat, Jan 6National Holiday
LiechtensteinSat, Jan 6National Holiday
PolandSat, Jan 6National Holiday
Puerto RicoSat, Jan 6National Holiday
San MarinoSat, Jan 6National Holiday
SlovakiaSat, Jan 6National Holiday
Spain Jan 6, Jan 7
CeutaSun, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
SpainSat, Jan 6National Holiday
SwedenSat, Jan 6National Holiday
Switzerland Jan 6
GraubündenSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
LucerneSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
TicinoSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UriSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UruguaySat, Jan 6Government Holiday
Vatican CitySat, Jan 6National Holiday
  Summary
A major Christian celebration. Epiphany commemorates the presentation of the infant Jesus to the wise men
  Which countries observe Epiphany in 2020?
Andorra  AndorraJan 6National Holiday
Austria  AustriaJan 6National Holiday
Belgium  BelgiumJan 6Not A Public Holiday
Croatia  CroatiaJan 6National Holiday
Cyprus  CyprusJan 6National Holiday
Finland  FinlandJan 6National Holiday
Germany  GermanyJan 6Regional Holiday
Greece  GreeceJan 6National Holiday
Greenland  GreenlandJan 6National Holiday
Liechtenstein  LiechtensteinJan 6National Holiday
Poland  PolandJan 6National Holiday
Puerto Rico  Puerto RicoJan 6National Holiday
San Marino  San MarinoJan 6National Holiday
Slovakia  SlovakiaJan 6National Holiday
Spain  SpainJan 6National Holiday
Sweden  SwedenJan 6National Holiday
Switzerland  SwitzerlandJan 6Regional Holiday
US Virgin Islands  US Virgin IslandsJan 6National Holiday
Uruguay  UruguayJan 6Government Holiday
Vatican City  Vatican CityJan 6National Holiday
Related holidays

When is Epiphany?

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'.

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.

Epiphany around the world

In Denmark, Epiphany was abolished as an official church festival in 1770. However, the previous evening, Twelfth Night, is celebrated in some homes by burning a special Twelfth Night candle with three wicks. When the candles thus go out, it symbolises the end of Christmas. A very few locations in Denmark still celebrate the evening with a procession where people in fancy dress and go from house to house.

In Mexico, children receive presents on Epiphany rather than Christmas Day.

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