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How Three Kings Day Is Celebrated in Eastern Europe

By January 4, 2014

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Jan. 6 is The Feast of the Three Kings or The Epiphany to Christians around the world. Some call it Twelfth Night. Along with religious observances, it's a day that marks the official end of the Christmas season, and a chance to party hearty before the fasting of Lent begins.

For Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar, Jan. 6 is Christmas Eve and the START of their Christmas season. Serbians, Russians, Ukrainians, Slovaks and others of the Eastern Orthodox faith will celebrate Epiphany, or Theophany, as it is known to them, on Jan. 19.

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