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Epiphany in Spain

In Spain, Epiphany on January 6 is a public holiday and the day people exchange most of their Christmas presents.

The three kings are also called wise men or magi.

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Is Epiphany a Public Holiday?

The Three Kings' Day or Day of the Magi, also known as Epiphany, is a public holiday. If January 6 is on a Sunday, the following Monday is a public holiday in these Spanish regions: Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Canarias, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra, Ceuta, and Melilla.

Gifts for the Baby Jesus

The celebration on January 6 is dedicated to the three wise men, or kings, who brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, according to Christian scripture. The three Kings are often referred to as Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar.

God's Incarnation

The Christian feast of Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as God's incarnation. It is also known as the Twelfth Day of Christmas, as it happens twelve days after Christmas Day.

About Epiphany in other countries

Read more about Epiphany.

Epiphany Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015TueJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2016WedJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2017FriJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2018SatJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2019SunJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2020MonJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2021WedJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2022ThuJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2023FriJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2024SatJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday
2025MonJan 6EpiphanyNational holiday

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