For Christians around the world, the official end to the Christmas holiday occurs on 6th of January, known as Epiphany, or the 12th Day of Christmas.
For many places, the holiday period extends until the 7th of January. This is because some countries, along with many others around the world, celebrate Epiphany on the 6th of January. In Western Christianity, this commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men who followed the star to baby Jesus. In the Orthodox Church, Epiphany celebrates the Baptism of Christ, and so on this day, priests bless water through various rituals.
The Orthodox festivities usually take place on the 19th of January, following the Julian calendar, such as our country.
Across the continents, Epiphany is celebrated in various ways such as processions of the Magi, the Three Wise Men, gift giving, a present-delivering witch, jumping into freezing water, and cakes with a hidden secret.
This holiday is celebrated in a lot of countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, Finland, Greece, India, Ireland, Jordan, Latvia, Malta, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Wales and so on.
Here’s the traditions in some countries in the world.