Epiphany, which is also known as Three Kings Day, is celebrated on this date. According to the New Testament’s Gospels, it was on this date that the Magi, the three wise men or kings, venerated and brought gifts to the infant Jesus. The word epiphany is not specific to Christianity, as Zeus’s alias, Epiphanes, can attest. It comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation.”
In many countries, Three Kings Day is a traditional time of gift giving. Bake a King Cake with a lucky bean inside! Whoever finds the bean is the king of the feast. Alternatively, make yourself a delicious Epiphany Tart—a Victorian-era jam tart!