Friday, January 6

I've had an Epiphany

Epiphany is a Christian feast day on January 6 that celebrates the visitation of the Magi to the baby Jesus. In some cultures, the greenery and nativity scenes put up at Christmas are taken down at Epiphany.

In countries historically shaped by Roman Catholicism or Protestants these customs often involve gift giving, "king cakes" and a celebration similar to Christmas.

In England, Twelfth Night is a popular day for plays - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was first performed in 1601. A traditional dish for Epiphany is Twelfth Cake, a rich, dense, typically English fruitcake.

If you're in Manitou Springs, Colo., Epiphany is marked by the Great Fruitcake Toss! Fruitcakes are thrown, participants dress as kings, fools, etc., and competitions are held for the farthest throw, the most creative projectile device, etc. The Great Fruitcake Toss is a sort of festive symbolic leave-taking of the Christmas holidays until next year, but with humorous twist, since fruitcake is considered to be the source of many jokes in the United States.

But there will be no Fruitcake Tossing around me! We revere the venerable fruitcake. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Addie!

    Thank you for sharing about Epiphany! I saw it marked on my calendar this morning, and didn't know what it was. Now I do!

    I always enjoy your insight, thanks again!