Die Heilige Drei Konige/The Holy Three Kings (January 6th, Epiphany)

I always wondered what those numbers chalked above many doors were – many thanks to this blog post from Travels and Tomes for the enlightenment!!

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Ein Konig und ein Hirte-- a wise king and a shepherd at Ripon Cathedral some years ago (2008?) Ein Konig und ein Hirte– a wise king and a shepherd at Ripon Cathedral some years ago (2008?)

The Three Wise Men, The Three Saintly Kings.   They came to visit me today.  Sort of.

Actually, they stood in the street and looked forlorn, so I went out to speak to them.

I had been told they might be coming.  To knock on my door, and to bless my house in observation of Epiphany on January 6th.  We Americans take little notice of Epiphany (and the 12 days of Christmas that span from Christmas day until Epiphany), but in Europe it is still heartily observed.

Let me give you a tiny primer on the Heilige Drei Konige (the holy three kings) in Germany before I tell you more about my personal experience.  According to the “German Words Explained” website,

On this day, groups of children known as Sternsinger go from…

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