/www.catholic.org/clife/advent/advent.php?id=42"}}">The Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the 12 Days of Christmas and the new season of Epiphany, is /catholicism.about.com/od/2016-Calendar/f/When-Is-Epiphany-2016.htm"}}">observed on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Epiphany — which is variously known as /orthodoxwiki.org/Theophany"}}">Theophany, Three Kings Day and El Dia de los Tres Reyes — is a Christian celebration of the revelation of the birth of Jesus to the wider world. This is embodied most in the story of three wise men visiting a newborn Jesus with gifts, found in the /www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+2%3A1-12&version=NIV"}}">Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12.
In this story, Magi (wise men) from the east follow a star to Jerusalem, where they ask the presiding king, Herod, what he knows about a newly born “King of the Jews.” This sounds like a challenge to Herod, who gathers his priests to learn where and who is this king. They relay a prophecy that Messiah will be born in Bethlehem, and Herod sends the Magi there, saying: “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” The wise men — Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar — eventually find Mary and her son, Jesus, to whom they bow and worship. The Magi give Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and then return home, for a dream told them to bypass Herod.
In Poland, celebrations include blessing a piece of chalk and mark their doors with the year and the letters “K+M+B,” which are based on Latin and signify “May Christ bless this house.”