Tuesday, 6 January 2015

CELEBRATING EPIPHANY





Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany on 6 January. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. Continue reading here.


In medieval and Renaissance England one of the main Christmas celebrations  was Twelfth Night, which coincided with the feast of Epiphany.
In this regard, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night takes its name from the English holiday celebrated on the eve of 5 January, the so-called "twelfth night of Christmas" or the Feast of the Epiphany. It was known as a "feast of misrule", characterized by  ritualized disorder and revelry, where people could act out all their fantasies.
For the day, kings and nobles were to be treated as peasants, and peasants as kings and nobles. At the centre of the Twelfth Night feast was a large cake with a bean or coin baked into it and served to the whole company; the person whose slice of cake contained it became King Bean, the Christmas King, or Lord of Misrule  - a commoner who would take the place of a king in order to watch over the upside-down events.
from www.litcharts.com/lit/twelfth-night



You can read my post about Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night  here.

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