Jan-6 public holiday?

Dec 18th, 2004, 01:19 AM
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Jan-6 public holiday?

My travel guides (Let's go! and Rough Guide) suggest that January 6 is the public holiday for many european countries including Italy. Everything will be closed. What's this public holiday about? Is it any religious festival or memorial day? Any special event will be held?

I will be in Florence on 6 January. A bit fear that all museums and shops are closed. Wonder what sort of special things I may see there.
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Dec 18th, 2004, 02:35 AM
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Jan 6 is the Epiphany-- a Christian Holiday (considered to be the arrival day of the Three Kings of the Orient in Bethlehem and the end of the "twelve days of Christmas" between Christmas and January 6).

I used to be off school on that day (presents!!!), so I know for a fact that shops, banks, and such will be closed in Spain. Other countries in Europe have beautiful traditions as well, all family oriented, obviously.
Dec 18th, 2004, 04:38 AM
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according to

and other websites, Epiphany is a national holiday and most public places and shops will be closed.
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Dec 18th, 2004, 12:05 PM
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It's also a holiday in Germany (Bavaria at least).
Dec 18th, 2004, 05:43 PM
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It's just like a Sunday - many tourist things will be open. I was in Rome on Jan 6 two years ago and the neat thing there was high masses in main churches - i heard two esctatic renditions of Silent Night in cavernous churches - an indelible highlight of my trip. Jan 6 of course being a Catholic high holiday.
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Dec 18th, 2004, 08:37 PM
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Yes, it's Epiphany and shops, schools, etc. will be closed. It is treated almost as important as Christmas in Italy. Trains, however, were running.
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Dec 20th, 2004, 05:33 AM
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Hmm...isn't Epiphany the day La Befana visits Italian children bringing gifts or coal? Definitely a holiday there, although some things may be open.
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Dec 20th, 2004, 06:05 AM
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It's a holiday worldwide because it's my birthday.
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Dec 20th, 2004, 06:53 AM
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Thanks you guys for the information!! Epiphany.. oops, I really got no idea about this in Asia. I have checked Uffizi website. So delighted to find out that only Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25, and every Monday are the closing days. I should still open on Jan 6 (hopefully). It will be good enough for me to survive Firenze on Jan 6 if Uffizi and a McDonald are opening on that day!
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Dec 20th, 2004, 07:04 AM
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It's a holiday in Austria, Spain, Finland, Greece, Italy and Sweden
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Dec 20th, 2004, 07:06 AM
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It is my son's birthday too!
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Dec 20th, 2004, 07:22 AM
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It's also a holiday in Mexico. Kids receive gifts on this day instead of Xmas.
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Dec 20th, 2004, 12:11 PM
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In Rome, the Vatican Museums will be closed but just about every other notable sight will be open.
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Dec 20th, 2004, 02:38 PM
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It's also called Twelfth Night; in some regions gifts are opened then rather than at Christmas. In France Twelfth Night bring the Three Kings Cake.
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