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Twelfth Night

5 January

Traditionally, people thought of Christmas as being a 12 day festival.

The 12 days of Christmas began on what is now Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. They were the time for merry-making, which is why they began after the religious observances of Christmas were over. Six of the days fall in the year that is ending; the other six fall in the year that is coming.

Most work would stop during this time, giving everyone a break.

Twelfth Night actually occurred on the evening of the 11th day, the 5th of January -- so it was the night before the twelfth day. The actual twelfth day of Christmas is called Epiphany.

Twelfth Night used to be a great deal of fun. Parties would be held, practical jokes played, and there would be feasting, singing, charades and dancing.

A Twelfth Night Cake was an integral part of the evening.

See also:

Food and other items related to: Twelfth Night

Galette des Rois; King Cake; Twelfth Night Cake

All January food days

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Oulton, Randal. "Twelfth Night." CooksInfo.com. Published 12 March 2004; revised 27 May 2009. Web. Accessed 03/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/twelfth-night>.

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