Scheduled in the calendar of many countries, the feast of the Epiphany it is celebrated in Italy on January 6 and is a Christian anniversary that commemorates the manifestation of God to men incarnate in the Child Jesus which then remained in the Western tradition as the adoration of the Magi who, following the comet, go to Jesus to deliver gold, frankincense and myrrh. Among other things, however, there is the popular custom that sees the hag busy, during the night, delivering gifts to children – often toys or sweets – by placing them inside a stocking.
However, the anniversary would present many nuances in the various countries of the world: for example, in Germany, the little ones go to the houses in the neighborhood to get gifts that will then be donated to charity while in France the typical dessert known by the name biscuit of kings inside it hides a “surprise” that will make anyone who finds it crowned as king or queen for a day!
Would you like to know more? From Iceland to Bulgaria, in the gallery you can find out how the feast of the Epiphany is celebrated in six countries around the world!
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