Catholic Poles commemorate Feast of Epiphany
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s largest parade marking the Feast of Epiphany, one of the key celebrations in the Roman Catholic Church, marched along the streets of Warsaw on Sunday.
The Three Kings Parade in Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell
Ahead of the event, dubbed the Three Kings Parade, the metropolitan bishop of Warsaw, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, delivered a mass at the St. John the Baptist Cathedral.
He said: “Today’s celebration draws attention to the missionary role of the Church and the need to evangelise everyone, even those who haven’t become acquainted with [the Christian God].”
Poland is among countries where the Feast of Epiphany is known as Three Kings' Day commemorating the three Wise Men who travelled to Bethlehem to pay tribute the newly born Jesus.
During the parade, representatives of three continents played the roles of the three kings: Polish actor Paweł Lipnicki played the part of the European king, Zambia’s Father Davies Muobekwa was the African king and India’s Shelako Almedia was the Asian king.
President Andrzej Duda, First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda and Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło took part in a parade held in the southern town of Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyła, known to the world as John Paul II.
Similar parades were held in 750 towns and cities across the country and at 22 locations abroad.
Source: PAP, IAR