I was raised Catholic, in Brasil, and as such to believe that this day was the celebration of the Three King's arrival to offer gifts to the baby Jesus Christ.
In many Countries around the World, today is a big party - in Italy for example, no gifts are given to the children on December 24th, they are given today.
There is a nice Christmas Dinner on December 24th, but the gift exchange is today, in honor to the three kings, who did the same way back when. So today is the 12th day of Christmas!
It is a huge party in Spain, Portugal and in Mexico too.
In Brasil there is a mass, and we also have our rituals for good luck in money - woohoo!
Since things were not so good in 2009, I wanted to share a couple with you...
1- Eat lentil soup for dinner! This is a must, both for New Year's Eve, and for today.
2- Eat a pomegranate, and put 3 of its seeds inside of your wallet - leave it there for the whole year.
3- (also with a pomegranate):
Get a pomegranate, and take out 9 seeds, asking the three kings Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, for a lot of health, love, peace, and money.
After that, take 3 out of these 9 seeds and put it inside of a little bag, paper, or whatever you have. Again, put these inside of your wallet.
Swallow 3 of the 9 seeds, and the remaining three throw behind you as you make a wish.
They say this is Amazing!! Works every time :)
Well…… I am not sure about you guys, but I am doing it all this year for good luck!
Now go get a pomegranate, and all the luck in 2010! At the very least you will be eating a delicious fruit!!
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:
"Epiphany (from Koine Greek ἐπιφάνεια "appearance", "manifestation") is a Christian feast day which celebrates the revelation of God made Man in the person of Jesus Christ. It falls on the 6th of January or on a Sunday close to that date. The 6th of January in the Julian Calendar, which is followed by some Eastern Churches, corresponds at present to 19th of January in the Gregorian Calendar, which is the official civil calendar in most countries. On this day, Western Christians commemorate principally the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, i.e., his manifestation to the Gentiles; Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. It is also called Theophany, especially by Eastern Christians."