How the Epiphany is Celebrated in Other Countries Karen McGee january 13, 2017

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In France, the Epiphany is usually celebrated on January 6. Because it is not a public holiday, it can fall on a different day depending on the date of the first Sunday in January.

Galette des rois is the name of a cake eaten in France once a year on the day of the Epiphany. It is made from puff pastry with an almond filling. The cake is cut into enough pieces for every guest to have one slice, plus an extra for the unexpected stranger.

On this day, they place the wise men figurines from each manger scene around baby Jesus in remembrance of their visit at the Nativity. Leading up to the Epiphany, the three magi figures are placed gradually closer to the stable each day, while staying hidden.

Symbols of the Epiphany include a star, gold frankenscense, and myrrh. The star represents the star that led the magi to the place where Jesus was born. The other symbols represent the gifts that they brought for baby Jesus.


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