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By Anne Kirchner
Jan. 6, 2014 12:01 a.m.


Today, January 6, marks the celebration of Epiphany also known as Three Kings Day, Little Christmas or Twelfth Night. The holiday derived from the biblical story about three kings who followed a bright star to Bethlehem where they discovered the birth of Christ. The historical visit resulted in the custom of gifting at Christmas in conjunction with the Feast of the Epiphany.

I appreciate the Epiphany celebration in Spain, where the natives solemnly observe religion on Christmas Day and then prepare for Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) on January 6 where they exchange gifts and host festive parties. The celebration includes baking a Three King’s Cake.
I don’t particularly like the cake as it reminds me of fruit cake complete with raisins, dried fruit and nuts. However, I appreciate the tradition of placing a hidden symbol of the Christ child. It’s not uncommon for bakers to place a whole almond, a baby figurine or a small crown in the cake. Whichever guest receives the slice of cake with the symbol is said to be specially blessed in the new year.

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