Epiphany 2004Tuesday, January 6
Epiphany, also known as Three King's Day, is a Christian feast celebrating the revelation of God to man (a theophany) and the presence of God in human history. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates the Gospel of Matthew, according to which the Magi from the east came to Bethlehem to worship Jesus Christ. Eastern Churches commemorate on this day mainly the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation as the Son of God.
In the United States the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6, although the date may differ in some countries. Eastern Churches observe the feast on January 19 due to their use of the Julian Calendar.