Today is a holiday in Finland, loppiainen. Shops and banks are closed and the trains are running on a Sunday schedule. We arrived in Turku during the Christmas holiday and realized that normal schedules did not resume until after loppiainen. Loppiainen, the Finnish term for the day of Epiphany refers to the "end" of Christmas time or loppu.
Here loppiainen will pass unnoticed by many. Christmas trees are already out on the curb and tinsel has been boxed up for another season.
Epiphany comes from a Greek word for manifestation referring to the actual manifestation of God in the baby Jesus. It is traditionally believed to be the day the 3 kings or magi arrived to worship the child. Rushing from one holiday to another, Epiphany is also a kick off day for Mardi Gras. No reason to stop overeating yet.
I will celebrate Loppiainen at the traditional Christmas choir white elephant gift swap and my pot luck will be a king cake from the Frugal Feasts blog:
And, we must not forget the play Twelfth Night, subtitled What you Will!