Epiphany is one of the big celebrations in the Catholic Church. The word "Epiphany" comes from a Greek word meaning manifestation. On this day of Epiphany we celebrate the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the whole world regardless of the diverse cultures. Due to this fact, on this day we also celebrate the manifestation of Jesus Christ even to the pagans represented by the Wise Men from the East.
The actual day of this celebration is 6 January, 12 days after the celebration of Christmas. But from the year 1970 this celebration begun to be celebrated on the following Sunday after 1 January.
The day of Epiphany is promoted by the Pontifical Mission Societies of Holy Childhood. This is the day on which we celebrate that children are also missionaries through their motto “Children Helping Children”. To show that they are indeed missionaries, they take an active role during the Liturgical celebrations of this day. They take active roles in singing, dancing, reading the Word of God and taking different responsibilities in the Church. This day is also the day when the Catholic Church advocate the rights of children in the sense that children have rights to education, good health, religion, to be heard and to be protected to just mention but a few.
In Malawi though this celebration will be celebrated in all the parishes and dioceses, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi selected the diocese of Dedza to host the National event of this celebration. The theme of this year is "Communion" which is coming from the message of Mission Sunday of 2022 titled "you will be my witnesses".
In the diocese of Dedza this celebration will take place at Dedza Parish. The Christians and Children are now prepared to host this important celebration.