Friday, 5 January 2018

Tomorrow is national holiday

Epiphany in Poland

Many people in Poland celebrate Epiphany an annual national holiday on January 6, to mark when the three wise men, or kings, visited baby Jesus.
Epiphany is a big celebration in many places in Poland, featuring street parades, caroling of songs, and reenactments of the Nativity scene. The street parades usually involve a procession of the 3 wise men who give people candy and small treats in some towns and cities. Local parish priests preach about the significance of Epiphany and many houses are blessed. Some people place above their doors 3 small boxes, each containing water, incense, and chalk in memory of the wise kings’ gifts to Jesus.

Public Life

Epiphany is a national public holiday in Poland, so schools, banks, government offices and most private businesses are closed. There is a trade prohibition on public holidays in Poland. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.

Background

Epiphany is a Christian feast that commemorates both the three wise kings’ visit to infant Jesus as well as Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River. Epiphany was a holiday that was cancelled during the Communist regime in Poland, but it was restored as an official public holiday across the country in 2011. It is celebrated in many other countries worldwide.

Symbols

The 3 boxes containing water, incense and chalk are usually marked with the letters K, M, and B and crosses after each letter to symbolize the three kings – Kacper, Melchior and Baltazar – who visited Jesus.
Personally I do not celebrate.

5 comments:

  1. Fascinating. The US is a secular country and the government cannot celebrate a specifically Christian holiday and I like things that way, because we have many different religions represented here and I would resent have my tax money used to support any religion. Especially when most religious beliefs are based on legendary and mythological events. Having said all that, Christian churches in this country are free to celebrate all of their festivals, and the same goes for other religions, too. Said festivals, however, cannot be sponsored or financed by the government.

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  2. At one time, Christmas was celebrated on this day. Some people still refer to Epiphany as "Little Christmas."

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  3. Is it different from Christmas? The story is fascinating.. once I read a story related to this, "Gift of the Magi", written by O'Henry.. :)

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  4. how lovely to clelbrate this on a special day

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  5. Aparece por lá para um
    refresco de pitanga e
    torrada com requeijão,
    Vem.

    Beijos,

    silvioafonso



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