|
|
|
Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Downtown businesses celebrate Epiphany with a new event

  • Main Street Dodge City and a number of downtown businesses will celebrate Jan. 6 with a new event: "Three Kings Day."
    • email print
      Comment
  • Main Street Dodge City and a number of downtown businesses will celebrate Jan. 6 with a new event: "Three Kings Day."
    The celebration centers around the holiday known as Epiphany, which traditionally marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas and the arrival of the three wise men bearing gifts for the Christ child.
    As the Christian calendar evolved in the centuries after Christ's birth, the first recorded celebration of Epiphany was in A.D. 361. Early Christians celebrated a number of events on the day: Christ's birth, the arrival of the Magi and the later baptism of Christ in the Jordan river by John the Baptist.
    Epiphany is an important part of many western Christian church traditions and often marks the end of Christmastide, otherwise known as the 12 days of Christmas. In some cultures, particularly in Latin America, the season is extended for 40 days, ending on Candelmas (Feb. 2).
    In Manitou Springs, Colo., Epiphany is marked with The Great Fruitcake Toss.
    And in Louisiana, Epiphany marks the beginning of Carnival season and the annual appearance of "King cakes," round cakes filled with cinnamon, covered with a white glaze and sprinkled with brightly colored sugar. A small baby doll or a bean is hidden in the cake and whomever finds it must secure the next king cake.
    The holiday also celebrates the gifts brought by the three kings: gold, a symbol of kingship on Earth; frankincense, an incense that symbolizes priestship; and myrrh, an embalming oil and symbol of death.
    The Magi are mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, following the star to find the manger.
    As part of the Dodge City celebration, families will enjoy free tamales, punch, sweet treats, a piñata and more. Everyone is invited.
    The celebration will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 6 along Second Avenue in downtown Dodge City.
    For more information, call the Main Street office at 227-9501.

        calendar