Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day, marks the visit of baby Jesus by the Magi (Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar), who found him following a star to Bethlehem and brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The day usually marks the end of Christmas festivities for Christians and is celebrated with different traditions over the world.
Growing up, I would hide under the table with my cousins while my mom or an aunt cut the kings’ cake, which had a little porcelain or plastic trinket hidden inside. Our task was to assign each slice of cake to someone in attendance. We felt important doing this as whoever would get the trinket would become “king” or “queen” for the day and parade around with a golden paper crown…I think getting us under the table was just a ploy to ensure that if the blade of the knife exposed the trinket, none of us kids would know and it could be placed back in the slice surreptitiously. It is a tradition I still like to emulate with my son, so a kings’ cake will be made today!
From a secular perspective, the word epiphany is widely used to describe a moment of sudden realization.
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