Epiphany is celebrated on 6 January in Liechtenstein to commemorate the journey of the magi, or wise men, who followed a shining star to visit the infant Jesus as recorded in the Bible. This holiday falls 12 days after Christmas Day.
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Liechtenstein, like Catholic cantons in neighbouring Switzerland and other countries of Europe and around the world, celebrates Epiphany with a public holiday.
In Liechtenstein, Epiphany is very much like a “little Christmas party”. Families get together to eat, talk, and have fun. Children find candies and small gifts inside their shoes in the morning. And there are colourful parades and other events to attend.
One of the best parts of Epiphany in Liechtenstein is the dreikönigskuchen, which is a kind of sweet pastry with raisins, orange zest, milk, butter, and other delicious ingredients inside. This “Three Kings Cake” has an almond in it too, and whoever happens to get the piece with the almond becomes “king or queen for the day”.