Compared to other countries from across the globe, the Philippines is especially known for having a long Christmas Season, extending until the first Sunday of January. Feast of the Three Kings or also known as the Epiphany marks the official end of the Christmas season in the Philippines.
Feast of the Three Kings 2015
The Feast of the Three Kings 2015 will be celebrated as usual on January 6, 2015 which falls on a Tuesday.
The Feast of the Three Kings is an annual event which is celebrated once a year. This marks the official end of the Christmas season in the Philippines.
What is Three Kings Holiday?
Feast of the Three Kings or Epiphany is observed among the Christian community as the celebration of the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ and the visit of the three kings in Bethlehem to offer gifts to Jesus Christ.
Main Attractions – Feast of the Three Kings
The King’s Parade
In Manila, it has been a tradition for the prestigious Club Espanol to organize a Three Kings’ Parade on the first Sunday of January. Three kings are dressed in robes and ride on horses as there are no camels in the Philippines. They parade down the streets of Manila and end at the clubhouse where children await them to receive their Christmas presents.
History of Feast of the Three Kings
The observance of the Feast of the Three Kings had its roots from the Eastern Christian Churches and was a general manifestation of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Christians fixed the date of this event on January 6 during the early times as St. Epiphanius claimed this day as Christ’s birthday. The earliest reference to Epiphany as a Christian feast was in AD 361.
During the 5th century, the Egyptian monasteries celebrated the nativity and baptism together on January 6.
Interesting Information about Feast of the Three Kings
The three kings were named Melchor – “King of Light”, Gaspar – “The White One” and Balthazar – “The Lord of Treasures”.
In the Philippines, Feast of Epiphany is also known as Pasko ng Matatanda (Feast of the elderly. This day is celebrated as an honor to the senior citizens.
Gifts of the three wise men to Jesus were gold, frankincense and myrrh.
For centuries, Filipino children believe that the Three Kings are the magical bearer of gifts during the Christmas season. However, due to the American influence, this belief was then replaced by the existence of Santa Claus.
Bring a camera: As the parade of the Three Kings is not widely seen in other countries, try to take a photo of this event and capture the elaborate costumes and joy in the children’s faces as they receive their Christmas presents.
Heavy Traffic: With the parade of the Three Kings, expect heavy traffic on the day itself. Also, some roads might be closed which shall be used as the route of this parade. So, better look for an alternative route before leaving your homes.
Date: Feast of the Three Kings is celebrated on the 6th day of January. For the year 2015, it will be celebrated on January 6 which is Tuesday.
Location: Nationwide. The Feast of the Three Kings is celebrated all over the country.
Feast of the Three Kings 2016
The Feast of the Three Kings is always celebrated on the 6th of January. In 2016, it will fall on a Wednesday.