Many Traditions Surround Epiphany Celebrations
These Epiphany celebrations vary across the world from culture to culture. Customs include the Star Singers – children dressed as kings and holding up a large star, singing carols from house to house; collecting money for charity; and the plundering and burning of Christmas trees. In the French Catholic culture, Epiphany marks the beginning of Mardi Gras, as “kind cakes” are baked and served. In Mexico, Epiphany is known as Dia de los Reyes. Crowds gather to taste the Rosca de Reyes – Kings’ bread. In other countries, a Jesus figurine is hidden in the bread. Other traditions include prayers, some offered to Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar; the blessing of holy water, the burning of blessed herbs; and the offering of gold, frankincense and myrrh.