Three King's Day in Switzerland in 2020

Three King's Day in Switzerland in 2020
  How long until Three King's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 171 days.
  Dates of Three King's Day in Switzerland
2021Jan 6
GraubündenWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
LucerneWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
TicinoWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UriWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
2020Jan 6
GraubündenMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UriMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
2019Jan 6
GraubündenSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UriSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
2018Jan 6
GraubündenSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
LucerneSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
TicinoSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UriSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
2017Jan 6
GraubündenFri, Jan 6Regional Holiday
LucerneFri, Jan 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzFri, Jan 6Regional Holiday
TicinoFri, Jan 6Regional Holiday
UriFri, Jan 6Regional Holiday
  Summary
A major Christian celebration. Epiphany commemorates the presentation of the infant Jesus to the wise men
  Local name
Heilige Drei Könige
  Three King's Day in other countries
Three King's Day internationally
  Which regions observe Epiphany in 2020?
Graubünden  GraubündenJan 6Regional Holiday
Lucerne  LucerneJan 6Regional Holiday
Schwyz  SchwyzJan 6Regional Holiday
Ticino  TicinoJan 6Regional Holiday
Uri  UriJan 6Regional Holiday
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Three King's Day in Switzerland

In Switzerland, Epiphany is a regional holiday in Graubünden, Lucerne, Schwyz, Ticino and Uri.

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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