Twelfth Day


Twelfth Day

Twelfth Day is the twelfth and last day of the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas which follow Christmas Day. In western Christianity it falls on 6 January, which is also the feast of the Epiphany.

Twelfth Day is preceded by Twelfth Night, the evening of 5 January.

In some countries, Twelfth Day is denoted as a public holiday. It has a particular prominence in Ireland, where it is known as Little Christmas ("Nollaig Bheag").


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  • Twelfth-day — «TWEHLFTH DAY», noun. the twelfth day after Christmas, January 6, the festival of the Epiphany, marking the traditional close of the Christmas season …   Useful english dictionary

  • Twelfth-day — n. See {Twelfthtide}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Twelfth Day — n. the twelfth day (Jan. 6) after Christmas, traditionally the end of the Christmas season; Epiphany …   English World dictionary

  • Twelfth Day — Twelfth′ Day′ n. rel Epiphany; formerly observed as the last day of the Christmas festivities • Etymology: bef. 900 …   From formal English to slang

  • Twelfth day — noun twelve days after Christmas; celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the infant Jesus • Syn: ↑Epiphany, ↑Epiphany of Our Lord, ↑Three Kings Day, ↑January 6 • Hypernyms: ↑Christian holy day • Part Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Twelfth-day — Twelfthtide Twelfth tide , n. The twelfth day after Christmas; Epiphany; called also {Twelfth day}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Twelfth day — /twɛlfθ ˈdeɪ/ (say twelfth day) noun the twelfth day after Christmas, 6 January, on which the Christian festival of the Epiphany is celebrated, formerly observed as the last day of the Christmas festivities …   Australian English dictionary

  • Twelfth Day —    A popular name given to the Feast of the Epiphany which occurs twelve days after Christmas. Many social rites and customs have long been connected with the evening of this Festival, which is commonly called Twelfth Night …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • twelfth-day — n. Twelfth tide, Epiphany, January 6 …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Twelfth Day — the 12th day after Christmas, January 6, on which the festival of the Epiphany is celebrated: formerly observed as the last day of the Christmas festivities. [bef. 900; ME; OE] * * * …   Universalium