|Twelfth Night Poster, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1884|
This day is important among Christians who maintain liturgical traditions: it marks the end of the twelve day festival celebrating the birth of Christ, it is the eve of Epiphany, and it is the beginning of the carnival season ending with Mardi Gras. Those who are reluctant to bid Christmas farewell can take heart knowing that the Old World tradition of Christmastide actually extends through February 2 or Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.
Here is some late 17th century party music revellers of that era would have enjoyed.
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
|The King Drinks David Teniers, Flemish, ca. 1660-90|
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