Thursday, January 6, 2022

Feast of the Three Kings

The Feast of the Three Kings, or the Epiphany, is on 6 January and it officially marks the end of the Christmas holidays.  Even though the last Christmas public holiday is 26 December for St. Stephen's Day

If you haven't taken down your Christmas tree yet then today's the day to do it.

The day commemorates the adoration of baby Jesus by the three kings Balthazar, Caspar, and Melchior, who brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  

The tradition is to write on a door frame, in white chalk, the initials "K + M + B", the initials of the three wise men.  In Czech it's Kaspar since the "K".  And the little "plus" isn't a plus sign, it's a Christian cross.

Out on YouTube I found the traditional Czech Christmas song My tři králové jdeme k vám (We Three Kings are Coming to You).

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