Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Three Kings Day

Today is January 6.  It is Three Kings Day in Poland.  In some countries, it is called Epiphany. Regardless, it is a national holiday.  Banks, government offices and virtually all businesses and stores are closed - by law.  In 2011, Parliament decreed that this day would be a national holiday of no work.  This made it an official holiday.  The communist government had outlawed it as a holiday some 50 years earlier.  It had been celebrated unofficially since the collapse of the communist regime.  But, in 2011, it became official.  It is important here because Poland is predominantly catholic and this holiday is an important part of their religion.  As a heretic, I don't have an opinion one way or the other.