January 6 is Epiphany; it is sometimes known as “Three Kings’ Day.” Epiphany celebrates the day that three Magi from the East visited the infant Jesus. It also marks the end of the Christmas season. For that reason, it is customary to remove Yuletide decorations – to include the Christmas tree – on Epiphany eve (“Twelfth Night”).
In Italy, “La Befana” makes her rounds on “Twelfth Night;” bringing candies to all the good children and a lump of coal to those children who misbehaved.
Yet, there is much more to Epiphany than the commemoration of three travelers from the East and an old woman delivering sweets to the children. Epiphany actually serves as a lesson to all of us.
Just like the three Magi followed a star – their star – to reach a destination, we should also follow our own stars. Epiphany reminds us to follow our own unique stars to reach our destinies, our goals, and our dreams. Perhaps, by following our stars – by working toward our dreams – we will achieve our goals.
Epiphany reminds all of us that our dreams can become our realities. All we have to do is follow our own unique stars.
John Di Genio