Epiphany is celebrated on 6 January in Croatia to commemorate the journey of the magi, or wise men, who followed a shining star to visit the infant Jesus as recorded in the Bible. This holiday falls 12 days after Christmas Day.
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The name of this holiday comes from the Greek language and means “appearance”. It is believed that on this day Jesus appeared for his baptism by John in Jordan and that on this day the Three Kings found Christ who had appeared on Earth by following the star that had appeared in the sky.
Most people get Epiphany off from work and school. Most businesses shut down. Everyone relaxes. This is the final day of the Christmas season, so you will see piles of Christmas trees in dumpsters all over Croatia on Epiphany!
Many people go to church to get holy water blessed by a Catholic priest. They then sprinkle it on their houses, farm fields, cars, and everything else to gain “protection”. Priests also may visit homes to bless families in-person.