Monday, January 4, 2010

The Feast of Three Kings - Ruby Tuesday

16-inch set of 3 Wisemen from Creative Treasury, crafted from stamped tin and resin

The Three Kings are those who came bearing gifts or gold, frankincense and myrrh for the newborn Jesus in the Biblical stories. They were named Melchor, Gaspar and Balthazar.

For Catholics, the Feast of Three Kings (or Araw ng Tatlong Hari) is the official end of the liturgical Christmas season in the Philippines. It is also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. It is also known as the Pasko ng Matatanda (Feast of the Elderly), the day that specially honors senior citizens.

The Feast of the Three Kings was traditionally commemorated on January 6th but is now celebrated on the first Sunday of the year. For hundreds of years the Three Kings, not Santa Claus, were the traditional bearers of Christmas presents for children. The children left their polished shoes and fresh socks on the window sill, ready for the gifts from the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem. (Source: WikiPilipinas)

Posted for Ruby Tuesday

17 comments:

Susan said...

Between the music you post and your clear, thoughtful writing...truly...one of my favourite blogs that I follow. Thank you! Happy New Year.

♥Willa♥ said...

Happy Three Kings!
RubyTuesday

ALiNe said...

happy new year! Happy 3 kings!

Carletta said...

These are lovely!
Growing up I always enjoyed this part of the Christmas story and We Three Kings was a favorite Christmas song.

Happy New Year Wishes!

Felisol said...

What festive and mighty Three Holy Kings you have pictured.
I like the fact that their day is rememered from the Philippines to Norway. We share a common treasure.
From Felisol

witsandnuts said...

This post brought me home. =) I remember my late grandmother who never failed to attend the Feast of 3 kings celebration in a neighbor town.

Maria said...

Really nice kings.

My ruby tuesday

Robin said...

What an interesting post, the Three Kings look so tall and regal, and I love that there's a day to honor senior citizens too.

Hootin' Anni said...

These are terrific works of art!!

My Ruby Tuesday is posted HERE --scroll down below the Heads or Tails Meme to find it tho!

Happy day to you.

ilanadavita said...

Very kingly statues.

Patti said...

Those are lovely stamped tin works of art. Interesting post. I never knew the Three Kings' names.

I always like to leave the Christmas tree up until Three Kings Day has passed.

Happy New Year and thanks for the visit!

EastCoastLife said...

Lovely 3 Kings and I didn't know there is such a festival.

Happy New Year!

Manang Kim said...

Oh gush that is beautiful the robe is well design and the colors is awesome. Happy 3 Kings!

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A.M.I.N.A said...

Their names are Gaspar, Baltazar and Melchor, right?Happy Three Kings!

maryt/theteach said...

What a beautiful, artful set of the three kings! Great Ruby Tuesday post, Luna! :)

mousey said...

great capture and happy three kings!

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Your EG Tour Guide said...

Interesting post. I like learning about the various holidays around the planet!