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Epiphany in the United Kingdom

Epiphany, or Three Kings' Day, marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas for most people in the United Kingdom (UK).

Epiphany is a Christian observance that remembers the three wise men's (or Magi's) visit to Jesus.

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Is Epiphany a Bank Holiday?

Epiphany is not a public holiday in the United Kingdom.

What Do People Do on Epiphany?

January 6 is officially the last day of Christmas and the last day to remove your Christmas decorations. However, decorations in town centers and shopping malls may stay on display for longer, as it can take many days or weeks to remove them all.

Some people attend church services on Epiphany.

Ancient Celebrations

Midwinter festivals and parties have been held on the islands that now form the United Kingdom for thousands of years. When people began to convert to Christianity, aspects of the original festivals were incorporated into Christian celebrations. The Midwinter festival lasting for many days became the Twelve Days of Christmas. This period begins on Boxing Day on December 26 and lasts until Epiphany on January 6.

Is Epiphany the same as Twelfth Night?

No, Twelfth Night is the evening before Epiphany, also known as Epiphany Eve, on January 5.

About Epiphany in Other Countries

Read more about Epiphany.

Epiphany Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2017FriJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2018SatJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2019SunJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2020MonJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2021WedJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2022ThuJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2023FriJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2024SatJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2025MonJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2026TueJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian
2027WedJan 6EpiphanyObservance, Christian

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