Epiphany marked with celebrations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While most families are throwing out Christmas trees and storing the last of their holiday d?cor, the Mirandas are decking the halls of their Baldwin Park home with more fanfare to adore the Christ child.It’s a tradition Jose and Concepcion Miranda brought from their native Mexico 26 years ago, and an annual custom that serves as the pinnacle of their family’s Christmas season, said Jose Miranda.“For us, there really was no connection to Santa Claus,” the 67-year-old patriarch said of his childhood Christmas traditions. “Christmas was a time when we renewed our faith. It’s when we remember the Christ child as our savior and our redeemer.”The Mirandas join a slew of Catholics – particularly Latinos and Filipinos – who celebrate the feast of the Epiphany every Jan. 6.Friday commemorated the anniversary on which Western Christians believe three magi followed a star into Bethlehem and brought gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold to the newborn Jesus.Mexican and Filipino cultures recreate the biblical account by gathering for family feasts and adoring the Christ child through prayer and songs.In the native countries, some children are known to place their shoes outside doorsteps in belief that the magi will leave gifts (candy, nuts or small toys) on their way to Bethlehem.“Sometimes there are also big parties and dances,” said Jose Gonzalez, 25, of El Monte.Gonzalez said he and 28-year-old Emma Luna give their children gifts every year, though the children don’t use the shoe approach.Claudia Michel said her family does not incorporate the gift-giving aspect of the Epiphany, but they do maintain other customs associated with the day.Michel, an El Monte resident, added that her family and friends gather for a meal every Jan. 6 just before parting the rosca, or kings cake, at the conclusion of the feast.“The significance of the cake is the little doll that’s embedded inside,” said Michel, 22. “Whoever gets the doll has to host a party on Feb. 2 (Day of Lights).” [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303last_img

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