Epiphany in Spain in 2020

Epiphany in Spain 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 52 days.
  Dates of Epiphany in Spain
2021 Spain Wed, Jan 6 Public Holiday
2020 Spain Mon, Jan 6 Public Holiday
2019 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 6Public Holiday
2018 Jan 6, Jan 7
CeutaSun, Jan 7Regional Holiday (in lieu)
SpainSat, Jan 6Public Holiday
2017 Spain Fri, Jan 6 Public Holiday
A major Christian celebration. Epiphany commemorates the presentation of the infant Jesus to the wise men
  Local name
Epifanía del Señor
  Epiphany in other countries
Epiphany internationally
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Epiphany in Spain

Technically Epiphany is not a national holiday in Spain, but has been declared a "regional" holiday in all regions.

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.

In Spain, Epiphany is a more popular holiday than Christmas. Many thousands of people will join in traditional parades on the eve of Epiphany.

Children write letters to the Magi asking for gifts which are left for them on January 6th.

Most shops are closed, but some stores may open and start their January sales early. Traditionally the 'rebajas' (the sales) start on January 7th.

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