Frequent question: How does Colombia celebrate the Epiphany?

How is the Epiphany celebrated?

The epiphany feast completes the season of christmas by inviting us to discern the identity of the christ child. Three traditions—baking a kings’ cake, marking a door lintel with the magi’s blessing, and elaborating worship with lighted candles—help us interpret the christmas season appropriately.

What foods are eaten on Epiphany?

Epiphany, known as the holiday of light, finds representation with a dish of oranges, blood oranges, clementines or tangerines on the dinner table. Dried figs nestle among the dessert treats, which include spicy, exotic cakes. Because the Magi haled from the Orient, spicy cake is a traditional Epiphany staple.

Does Colombia have a Santa Claus?

In Colombia, Niño Dios, not Santa Claus, brings the gifts to children. Niño Dios or Niño Jesús is the symbol that represents Jesus’s childhood. Children are told that he goes to each house to deliver the gifts that they requested by letter.

How long is Christmas celebrated in Colombia?

While in many Northern European and North American countries Christmas is celebrated on December 25th (Christmas Day), in Colombia, as in many Latin American countries, Christmas is celebrated on December 24th at midnight and into the wee hours of the morning on December 25th.

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