Heilige Drei Konige ‘January 6th’
Holiday only in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt
Epiphany (known as the Holy Three Kings in German) is the end of our famous “12 Days of Christmas,” which begins on December 25th and ends on January 6th. Germans traditionally take their Christmas tree down on Epiphany and the custom of the Star Singers continues to this day.
Reminiscent of the wise men’s travels, children dressed as the three kings go caroling from door to door, collection donations for charities of the church or the Third World. They then chalk the initials of the three kings- C+M+B (Casper, Melchior and Balthazar)- plus the new year over the doorway to bless or protect the home. The three letters also stand for the Latin phrase “Christ bless this house” – Christus mansion benedicat. It is common to give the children sweets, in addition to a charitable donation.
Bild von Stefan Schranz auf Pixabay