Epiphany is a major religious holiday in Poland every 6 January – 12 days after Christmas. Epiphany is the reason for the popular song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
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The rationale for Epiphany is that it is thought to be the day when the Wise Men from the East arrived at the cradle of the infant Jesus in Bethlehem. Thus, it is sometimes called “Three Kings’ Day” in Poland and in other countries.
There are many Epiphany processions throughout Poland on this day, where people will dress up as the Three Kings or in other costumes. A major procession typically takes place in Warsaw on the “Royal Route”.
Some will take a piece of chalk that has been blessed by their priest and use it to write “CBM” just over their home’s front door. These letters stand for Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, the supposed names of the Three Wise Men.