The Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6. This feast commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men or Magi, Caspar, Melchior and Balthassar, to worship the baby Jesus. The men were astrologers who were looking for the star that would lead them to the promised Messiah. This was prophesied in the Book of Micah. They brought with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These gifts were very meaningful.
Gold was a precious and expensive gift, and showed how important Jesus was.
Frankincense is a sweet perfume which was often burned in the temple to worship God. It was a sign that Jesus should be worshipped.
Myrrh was used to keep things fresh, and it was used by the women to anoint Jesus’ body when He died. Bringing it as a gift to Jesus, the wise men foretold His suffering and death.
Traditionally in Ireland, the day was known as ‘Nollaig na mBan’ as it was the day when women celebrated Christmas.