Sunday, January 4, 2009

Epiphany on Sunday Morning in Northampton with Kings (Magi), Camel, and Frog

I can't tell you anything about the identity of these folks marking, presumably, the celebration of epiphany, but I don't recall a frog being part of the mythology...

Twelfth Night or Epiphany Eve is a festival in some branches of Christianity marking the coming of the Epiphany, concluding the Twelve Days of Christmas, and is defined by the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary as "the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking".

The celebration of Epiphany, the adoration of the Magi, is marked in some cultures by the exchange of gifts, and Twelfth Night, as the eve or vigil of Epiphany, takes on a similar significance to Christmas Eve.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At the PINAc fundraising party, when people got just a bit intoxicated at the end of the evening, we contemplated putting a sign on that frog's neck that says "Will lewdly pose for food." Are we the only ones that think that creature looks slightly obscene? Not that I have anything vs. obscenity, but I don't think that was its makers' intent.
So many other things to say about that Pinup Frog, but I'll keep it light.
--Caty (it's not letting me sign in)
& so many other things to say about that damn "Happy Frog"--but I'll keep it light. Pinup Frog.