Is Twelfth Night becoming a Forgotten Celebration?
A recent UK publication in The Telegraph last year highlighted the confusion set around the Twelfth Night and on which day it falls. With Christmas gone and New Year celebrated, a lot of people seem to have forgotten that there is still the Twelfth Day itself to celebrate and conclude the Christmas festivities.
The Twelfth Night celebrations consist of food and drink being prepared and ready for the feast of the Epiphany, which is believed to be the day when the Wise Men came to visit Jesus Christ with their gifts.
The confusion comes from whether Twelfth Night is on the fifth or sixth of January, as centuries ago people believed Christmas started at sunset on December 24, putting the Twelfth Night on the fifth of January. Today people believe Christmas starts on December 25, making Twelfth Night fall on January 6. Traditionally, it is seen as unlucky to leave Christmas decorations up after Twelfth Night, however, with more people ignoring old traditions at Christmas, decorations are often brought down on New Years Day, or well after the Twelfth Night.
Shakespeare made the name 'Twelfth Night 'popular with his play, but the Christmas tradition of the Epiphany is increasingly dying out in today’s society.