Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany Day on January 6. For Eastern Orthodox Christians the feast commemorates the baptism of Jesus in river Jordan by John the Baptist. Roman Catholics and Protestants celebrate the revelation of the birth of Jesus to the three wise men (Magi).

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A child wearing a Santa Claus costume lights a candle inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem during the Eastern Orthodox ChristmasReuters
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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos (C) leads a Christmas procession in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of BethlehemReuters
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An altar server waits for the arrival of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of BethlehemReuters
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Men jump into the waters of a lake in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day in Sofia, BulgariaReuters
Bulgaria cross boy
A boy holds a wooden cross which was thrown by a priest in the icy waters of the Tundzha river during a celebration for Epiphany in the town of Kalofer, BulgariaReuters
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Pope Francis leads the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the VaticanReuters
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Pope Francis kisses a statue of the baby Jesus as he arrives to lead the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the VaticanReuters
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Nuns attend the Epiphany mass led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Basilica at the VaticanReuters
Romania horse
A horse is seen before the annual horse race organised by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the Romanian village of PietrosanReuters
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A man dressed as one of the Three Wise Men waves to children after arriving at San Lorenzo beach in Gijon, SpainReuters
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A woman lights a candle in Orthodox St. John the Baptist church in Volgograd, RussiaReuters
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Bulgarian men dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river during a celebration for Epiphany Day in the town of KaloferReuters