Twelfth Night Page
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold,
there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King
of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."
I don't know about you but I didn't know what 12th Night meant
until I did the
research for this page. I have always known that it was a title of a Shakespeare play but
that was the extent of my knowledge. As you can tell from the background and the image
of the wisemen above it does have something to do with Christmas. So let's learn
about it together.
Twelfth Night & Day both fall in the month of January:
January 5th is Twelfth Night:
Evening before Epiphany. Marks end of the 12-day season of Christmas festivities.
Children leave their shoes in front of the door to be filled with sweets. On the Twelfth
Night Christmas decorations are usually taken down. The eve of Epiphany is called
Twelfth Night, and the day itself is sometimes referred to as Twelfth Day.
January 6th is Twelfth Day:
The 12th day after Christmas, when the three Wise Men visited Jesus. Observed as
Christmas in Spain and as Befana Day in Italy. Also called Epiphany and Three Kings Day.
Here is what The World Book Encyclopedia
says about the holiday "Twelfth Night":
""Twelfth Night is a Christian holiday celebrated 12 days after Christmas, on January 6.
It marks the end of the Christmas season. Christians also observe the Feast of Epiphany
on January 6. In Western Christian churches, this holiday commemorates the coming of
the wise men to the Christ child. Among Eastern Christians, Twelfth Night celebrates the
baptism of Jesus. In Italy and Spain, children still receive gifts on this day in
remembrance of the gifts the wise men brought to Jesus. In the Greek Orthodox Church,
the Blessing of the Waters takes place on January 6. In the ceremony, divers retrieve a
cross thrown into a body of water by a priest.
Twelfth Night was originally celebrated in the Middle Ages at the end of the 12 days of
Christmas. William Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night was possibly first performed
on January 6."
Twelfth Night - What does the Bible say about this holiday?
Night" or "Epiphany" were not found in the Bible
when I did a Bible search.
Actually the Bible doesn't even "specifically" say that Jesus was born on December 25th.
The Bible doesn't say the exact number of the wise men. There may have been 3 and
there may have been more. We just don't know for certain. The Bible doesn't tell us that
the Wisemen were even at the manger. We do know that the Wisemen went to see Herod
before they did eventually arrive to see the "child" Jesus.
For more information about this visit: Annie's Wisemen Page
What is the significance of the number 12?
There are many "12"'s in the Bible.
The 12 minor prophets & there were 12 disciples or apostles:
are 197 verses with the word "twelve" in the Bible.
"Twelfth Night" or "Epiphany" were not found in the Bible.
"Twelfth" is in 31 verses in the Bible-KJV.
Smith's Bible Dictionary has a page with
information about different numbers.
It says this about TWELVE:
is what Compton's says about the apostles:
"During his earthly ministry, Jesus, after whom the Christian religion is named, gathered
many followers. These people were called disciples, or learners. Of the many disciples that
Jesus had, there were 12 who formed an inner circle. After his death and resurrection,
there were 11 disciples left, because Judas--who had betrayed Jesus--killed himself.
replace Judas, the other disciples chose a man named Matthias. He
and the other 11
were sent out by Jesus as "apostles." The word is derived from a Greek term meaning "one
sent forth." The other apostles were Simon (called Peter); Andrew, Simon's brother;
James the Elder (son of Zebedee); John, James the Elder's brother; Philip;
Bartholomew; Matthew (or Levi); Thomas; James the Younger; Judas (or Thaddeus,
brother of James the Younger); and Simon Zelotes."
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
~This information is from The World Book Encyclopedia~
Night, a comedy partly based on a story in Farewell to Military
collection of tales by the English author Barnabe Riche. Probably first performed in 1600.
First published in 1623.
of Shakespeare's romantic comedies might almost be called
Twelfth Night, for example, includes instrumental serenades and rousing drinking songs as
well as other songs ranging from sad to comic.
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare created a perfect blend of sentiment
and humor. In
addition, he provided Feste, Olivia's clown, with witty comments on the foolish ways of
people. Feste's songs contribute both gaiety and sadness to the mood of the play. In one
famous song, he reminds the audience that they should enjoy the present because
nobody can know what the future will bring:
"What is love? 'Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty;
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty!
Youth's a stuff will not endure."
~From Twelfth Night~
the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" have
something to do with this holiday?
Epiphany falls on the 12th day after Christmas. The song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
refers to the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany. The song "The Twelve Days of
Christmas" and is not exactly what it appears to be but yes it does have something to do
with Twelfth Night & Day for that matter.
The Spiritual meanings of
The Twelve Days of
symbols mean the following:
Days of Christmas Links:
Related Pages by Annie:
Annie's Christmas Page
Annie's Wisemen Page
Annie's Christmas History Page
Annie's Epiphany Page
Annie's "Month of January" Page
Annie's January Verse A Day Page
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6th Jan - Epiphany Day
5th Jan - Twelfth Night
7th Jan - Orthodox Christmas
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