Epiphany or Three Kings Day

Svátek Tří Kràlů

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Today is the 12th day of Christmas. It is also the feast day celebrating the visit of the magi to Jesus and of Saint John baptizing Jesus. Kaspar, Balthazar, and Melchior are the three magi that brought frankincense, gold, and myrrh to the infant messiah. They represent the past, present, and future, with the oldest king with the dark skin, representing the shadow of death. On this day, chalk is blessed by a priest and used to write K+M+B (the names of the Kings) above the doorways. The letters can also represent Christus Mansionem Benedicat, meaning Christ Bless this House. The chalk is not removed but written on top of each year. The day has evolved into a day for the trio to collect money for local charities. Last year marked a record amount given. You can read more about it here: http://praguepost.com/142-culture/43500-czechs-donate-record-sum-to-three-wise-men

Today also marked the 20th year of the Kings processing through Prague. Read more about that here:
http://www.praguepost.com/142-culture/43653-three-kings-march-through-prague

Finally, the three kings is also a name for three men in the Czech resistance during the Nazi occupation of the Czech Republic. For more information Czech out this link:
http://www.private-prague-guide.com/article/the-three-kings-heroes-of-the-czechoslovak-resistance-movement/

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