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Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as the Feast of the Three Kings. This feast has a special significance in Poland, where it has been traditionally celebrated with processions or as the Poles would say: cavalcades, which are lead naturally by… the Three Kings.
This tradition, needless to say was suppressed under the Soviet Communist regime (which fell partially in 1989) and also during most of the post-communist era that followed it. Approximately 10 years ago, this tradition started to reappear. By 2007, it had gained a strong enough foothold to where it started to be organized formally.
This year is the eighth edition of the Cavalcade of the Magi, and as the report from our source website, wpolityce.pl states, it is playing itself out throughout 420 towns and cities this year. When I was here last year, I recall that the figure for last years Cavalcade of the Magi was 330 towns and cities. So on this plane, we again see a geometric growth with this very important Catholic tradition.
Below I have taken the liberty to translate an article that just appeared on the wpolityce.pl website. Please visit and see more pictures of this years Cavalcade in Warsaw.
On an aside, the wpolityce.pl website was started by individuals who were fired from public television and public radio broadcasters when the Genderist Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) regime came to power in 2007. Since its foundation, the wpolityce.pl website has become the most referenced website in Poland, recently beating out competition from the vastly larger (and obscenely over-funded) German owned websites. So for those who need OBJECTIVE information on Poland, it is as easy as throwing an article from wpolityce.pl into a web translating application and voilà.
And now, the translation of the post (see original, along with more pictures here)
Colorful Cavalcades of the Three Kings travel through the streets of Poland! Thousands attend in Warsaw, millions throughout the country.
Three Kings procession’s passed through the streets of Warsaw. It was preceded by the Angelus prayer with Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz. Similar ceremonies were also held in 420 other Polish cities.
This year, in the Epiphany procession in Warsaw participated the presidential couple. Andrzej Duda and Agata Kornhauser-Duda waited for the Christmas carolers in front of the Presidential Palace.
The cortege was led by the biblical monarchs – Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, symbolizing the three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa. This year’s theme for the colorful procession, with broad participation of entire families is the words: “Above all mercy – Love. Peace. Forgiveness”. In this way, the organizers want to highlight the events of the coming year Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and the XXXI World Youth Day in Krakow. The processions will also tie into the 1050th jubilee anniversary of the Baptism of Poland.
The cavalcade of Magi, who for several years running now, process through the streets of Polish cities, is a colorful celebration of the Solemnity of the Epiphany, referred to colloquially as the “Epiphany”. The main characters in the parade are the Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, who, together with the accompanying retinues maidservants, knights and warriors lead all the participants who came to the stable in search of Jesus.
Along the route, you can see scenes reminiscent of the events surrounding the Nativity of Our Lord. On the entire procession route, one can here Christmas carols performed by the participants themselves and the “choirs of angels”.
In the Magi processions, more and more Poles participates each year, Poles of all ages, but mostly families with children, since participation in this colorful procession is also a symbolic manifestation of the commitment to live according to the principles of our faith and Christian values.
Each of the processions is in itself an extraordinary project in every respect, for children and adults, for families and organizations and for the villages and towns.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity to show that Polish tradition is very rich in regional customs. Reenactments of the Nativity (Jaselki) present scenarios, which is the Cavalcade of the Magi, are the same everywhere, because they are based on the Gospel, however, the presentations are varied.”
-reminds Anna Śmigielska, a spokesman for the Cavalcade of the Three Kings in 2016.
“The motto of the eighth edition of the Cavalcade of the Magi are the words “Above all mercy – Love. Peace. Forgiveness”.
In this way, we want to highlight the events of the coming year: the Holy Year of Mercy and the XXXI World Youth Day.”
-explains Anna Śmigielska. She added that the processions will also refer to the 1050 jubilee anniversary of Polish Christianity.
References to the World Youth Days will also be visible as the Cavalcade of the Magi process throughout the country. The Foundation is organizing a public collection for the “World Youth Days in the Dioceses”, carried out in many places throughout the country on January 6, 2016. The proceeds collected will be donated to localities who make a request, in order to organize the stay for participants of the World Youth Days in these localities before heading to Krakow.
Like every year the procession is accompanied by numerous educational and cultural events, local and national. Ongoing are nationwide competitions for children and families, including an artistic rendition of the “Fourth King, The Merciful King “, a Family Nativity manger scene (szopka), a Star of Bethlehem and the Cavalcade Objective (a photo contest). People willing to support the activities of the young artists, participants of the Cavalcades in Poland, may do so by sending an SMS to charity.