epiphany

epiphanic /ep'euh fan"ik/, epiphanous, adj.
/i pif"euh nee/, n., pl. epiphanies.
1. (cap.) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.
2. an appearance or manifestation, esp. of a deity.
3. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
4. a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight.
[1275-1325; ME epiphanie < LL epiphania < LGk epipháneia, Gk: apparition, equiv. to epi- EPI- + phan- (s. of phaínein to appear) + -eia -Y3]

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Christian festival celebrated on January 6.

One of the oldest Christian holy days (along with Christmas and Easter), the festival originated in the Eastern church and was adopted in the Western church by the 4th century. It commemorates the first manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles, as represented by the Magi. The eve of Epiphany, called Twelfth Night, is thought to mark the arrival of the Wise Men in Bethlehem. Epiphany also celebrates the (much later) baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist and Jesus' first miracle, performed at Cana.

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▪ religious festival
 (from Greek epiphaneia, “manifestation”), festival celebrated on January 6; it is one of the three principal and oldest festival days of the Christian Church (including Easter and Christmas). It commemorates the first manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi, and the manifestation of his divinity, as it occurred at his Baptism in the Jordan River and at his first miracle at Cana in Galilee.

      The festival originated in the Eastern Church (Eastern Orthodoxy), where it at first included a commemoration of Christ's birth (Christmas). In Rome (Roman Catholicism), by 354, Christ's birth was being celebrated on December 25, and later in the 4th century the church in Rome began celebrating Epiphany on January 6. In the Western Church the festival primarily commemorates the visit by the Magi to the infant Jesus. In the East it primarily commemorates the Baptism of Jesus.

      In the West the evening preceding Epiphany is called Twelfth Night. The time between December 25 and January 6 is known as the Twelve Days of Christmas. Some Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas Eve on January 6 and Epiphany on January 19.

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Synonyms:
, (especially that of Christ by the star which guided the Magi to Bethlehem) / ,


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