Did you know today is Epiphany?
Here’s a bit more on this obscure holiday.
In case you didn’t know, today is a holiday known as Epiphany. It’s also known as Twelfth Night and is the official kick off of Carnival Season. If you have a New Orleans connection, you most likely will enjoy a piece of King Cake today.
What I find fascinating is that this celebration occurs every year but few know what’s really being celebrated. Here’s the break down:
1. Epiphany (Twelfth Night) celebrates the visit of the three Wise Men who journeyed to worship the baby Jesus.
2. On that day a King Cake is made with a tiny baby figurine hidden inside. (The cake is decorated in three colors).
3. When the cake is cut, whoever gets the piece with the baby Jesus is “king” for a day.
This King cake is similar to the All-American cinnamon roll, topped with icing or sugar, usually baked in a ring shape, and, frosted with gold, green, and purple (symbolic of power, faith, and justice). These colors are associated with Mardi Gras, and of course, in honor of our three kings.
The baker of the King Cake hides a surprise in the cake, usually a dried red bean or a figurine of a baby representing the Christ child. When the cake is cut whoever gets the piece with the hidden treasure is said to enjoy good luck for the coming year. Tradition used to be that you were king for a day. Nowadays, you have to bake the King Cake or throw the Mardi Gras party next year.
Those of us at Epiphany Creative Services are pleased to have a name associated with the many good things that are part of this holiday. And too, let’s be honest, holidays usually have some kind of connection to food, and we really like that part!
So here’s to a Happy Epiphany for you today. And a reminder that we’d love to continue to be a part of many other happy epiphanies you’ll experience in your business and ventures throughout 2014.
Stephanie and the Epiphany Team.