Christmastide : Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas also known as Christmastide and Twelvetide are the festive days beginning Christmas Day (25 December).

Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelfth Night of Christmas is always on the evening of 5 January, but the Twelfth Day can either precede or follow the Twelfth Night according to which Christian tradition is followed. Twelfth Night is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January.

In some cultures, especially Hispanic and Latin American culture, January 6 is observed as Three Kings Day, or simply the Day of the Kings. Even though December 25 is celebrated as Christmas in these cultures, January 6 is often the day for giving gifts. In some places it is traditional to give Christmas gifts for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Since Eastern Orthodox traditions use a different religious calendar, they celebrate Christmas on January 7 and observe Epiphany or Theophany on January 19.

These Twelve Days have different names such as 26th December is St. Stephen’s Day or Boxing Day in the Western Church, 27th December in the Eastern Church, 28th December is Childermas or the Feast of the Innocents and so on.

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