Discover Three Kings Day

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Jan. 6 marks the celebration of the Epiphany, sometimes referred to as Three Kings Day, Little Christmas, the baptism of Jesus and Dia de los Reyes. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – The holiday season begins with Thanksgiving, and many people believe that the festivities come to a close after ringing in the new year. In fact, for the faithful, the Christmas season did not end until Jan. 6, or Jan. 12, in Eastern churches. Jan. 6 marked the celebration of the Epiphany, sometimes referred to as Three Kings Day, Little Christmas, the baptism of Jesus and Dia de los Reyes. The Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Dec. 25. In fact, that is where the phrase the Twelve Days of Christmas, and the song of the same name, originated. Christians believe that the real celebration of the holiday season does not begin until Dec. 24, and continues through Three Kings Day. While the four weeks preceding Christmas, also known as Advent, are supposed to be times of re
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