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NOLA History: Reveling on Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night: Dramatis Personae

Time for another scene-by-scene retelling of an entire Shakespeare play! This time around I'm going to try my hand at adapting my first comedy, and it's one of my favorites: Twelfth Night. Let's get thing started with a good old who's who... LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED! Also, be sure to check out my Patreon page! For a small monthly subscription, you not only help me continue making stick figure Shakespeare comics, but you also get access to a variety of fun, exclusive perks!

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Epiphany Eve; Christian Religious Celebration; January 5; Also called Twelfth Night. Traditional end of the Christmas season in many countries. In places where Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, is celebrated, Twelfth Night is a time of merrymaking.

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How to Celebrate Twelfth Night

Not to be confused with "The Twelve Days of Christmas," an English Christmas song from the 16th century about gifts given before Christmas, Twelfth Night on January 5 -- according to the Church of England -- marks the last day of the Christmas season for Christians. Epiphany, also called Three Kings Day, begins the next day and...

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Dating back to medieval times, the Twelfth Cake was an important element in the celebrations for the feast of the Epiphany. It was the custom for each guest at a Twelfth Day entertainment to take on the role of a particular character for the whole evening, which included a King and Queen who led the revels. The evening ended with the finale of cutting the elegantly iced Twelfth Cake, which was often decorated with characters from the revels.

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Twelfth Night, Apples and Wassailing: A Traditional English Wassail Recipe (Lavender and Lovage)

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How to Throw a Twelfth Night Party

Twelfth Night parties have been celebrated around the world on January 5 or 6 — depending on how you're counting — for many centuries. Called the Feast of the Epiphany on the liturgical calendar, it marks the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and is said to be the day when the Three Wise Men (or Three Kings) brought Jesus their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the stable in Bethlehem.[related]

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How to Celebrate Twelfth Night

Brilliant color and over-the-top decorations link Mardi Gras costumes and Twelfth Night "mumming."

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Dining - Recipes for a Twelfth Night Celebration : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History Site

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