Epiphany in Germany

Epiphany also known as Epiphanie or Epiphanias or Erscheinung des Herrn is annually celebrated in Germany on January 6 to mark the three wise men’s – Magi’s visit to Jesus on his birth.  It is also the end of the Christmas season.

Epiphany - 6th January

The German states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt celebrate it as a public holiday. Epiphany is a public holiday in the German states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt. In these states, post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed.

In other words Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. Western Christians commemorate principally the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles.

Epiphany in Germany

People in Germany attend a special church service on Epiphany. Children learn about the story of the three wise men and may act out the whole Christmas story. Homes and stables in rural areas are cleansed by burning frankincense and allowing the smoke to spread through the rooms.

People in some areas gather on Epiphany Eve (January 5) to drink special beer known as bockbier (stronger taste and a higher percentage of alcohol) to the health and luck of family and friends in the coming year. Groups of children go from house to house dressed as the three wise men between December 27 and January 6. They knock on the door of each house and sing hymns about the Jesus’ birth and the Magi’s visit. If the door is opened, they ask for charity.

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