How the Epiphany is celebrated in other countries? Bailey MAHOLM 1/13/17

The Epiphany is the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi, but it is celebrated differently in many countries.

Puerto Rico is a territory that is apart of the United States whose dominate religion is Roman Catholic. Puerto Ricans have the freedom to practice any religion they desire which is guaranteed by the Commonwealth Constitution.

Around the world, many Christians celebrate the Epiphany annually on January 6th. It is a public holiday celebrated by many countries and demonstrated two important events in the life of Jesus Christ, according to the Bible.

The first event was when the three Wise Men visted baby Jesus. The Wise Kings left three gifts for Jesus: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They each have a spiritual meaning; gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of God, and myrrh (oil) as a symbol of death.

The second event was that Jesus was baptized by Saint John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Luke records that Jesus was in the middle of praying when Heaven was opened and the Holy Spirt reigned on him. The heavenly spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove.

In Puerto Rico, the Wise Men portrayed a more faithful and spiritual representation of the birth of Jesus than a fictional character that kids look forward to on Christmas, Santa Claus.

Three Kings Day is one of the most important events that occurs in Puerto Rico. Traditionally, January 6th marked the eve as the day to exchange presents rather than December 25th. Kids would prefer to gather grass, hay or straw in shoe-boxes for the Magi's horses or camels.

The Three Kings are also a big part of Puerto Rican arts and crafts. On this day, parades and festivals are expected as a time of family gatherings and parties with a more spiritual meaning. Old San Juan throws an annual festival at the Luis Muñoz Marín Park with live music, food and drinks, with free gifts given out to kids. The highlight of the day occurs when the Three Kings come walking into town.


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