Epiphany Holiday around the world in 2020

Epiphany Holiday around the world in 2020
  How long until Epiphany Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 29 days.
  Dates of Epiphany Holiday around the world
2021 Various Jan 4, Jan 11
ColombiaMon, Jan 11National Holiday
Dominican RepublicMon, Jan 4National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Jan 11Not A Public Holiday
2020 Various Jan 6
ColombiaMon, Jan 6National Holiday
Dominican RepublicMon, Jan 6National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Jan 6Not A Public Holiday
2019 Various Jan 7
ColombiaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
Dominican RepublicMon, Jan 7National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Jan 7Not A Public Holiday
2018 Various Jan 6, Jan 8
ColombiaMon, Jan 8National Holiday
Dominican RepublicMon, Jan 8National Holiday
VenezuelaSat, Jan 6Not A Public Holiday
2017 Various Jan 6, Jan 9
ColombiaMon, Jan 9National Holiday
Dominican RepublicFri, Jan 6National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Jan 9Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
A major Christian celebration. Epiphany commemorates the presentation of the infant Jesus to the wise men
  Which countries observe Epiphany Holiday in 2020?
Colombia  ColombiaJan 6National Holiday
Dominican Republic  Dominican RepublicJan 6National Holiday
Venezuela  VenezuelaJan 6Not A Public Holiday

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.

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