The public is invited for an evening of music and refreshments celebrating the traditional end of the holiday season on the Twelfth Night of Christmas Thursday, January 6, at Moody Mansion.
“This is our third annual Twelfth Night event,” said Mary Moody Northen Endowment Executive Director Betty Massey. “Admission is free and open to the public, and we hope the mansion will be filled with families enjoying music provided by faculty and students from the Galveston Island Arts Academy.”
“We’re grateful the academy’s faculty and students are donating their time and talents for this traditional community event,” Massey said. “It truly is amazing how the academy has nurtured the development of artistic talent in Galveston, and we believe everyone will enjoy the beautiful music they make.”
Twelfth Night is observed in different ways and on different days around the world to celebrate the end of the Christmas season. In some cultures, Twelfth Night is on January 5, the eve of the Epiphany; in others, it is on the Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas. In Latin America, it is known as the Day of the Kings, the day for giving gifts like the three kings bestowed on the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem.
Most Twelfth Night traditions feature unique food–the French and English celebrated with a King’s Cake, which has become part of Mardi Gras in the Southern U.S. In England and Colonial America there was wassail and the consumption of any fruits and nuts remaining on holiday wreaths–because January 6 was the traditional day for taking down Christmas decorations. Hispanic feasts include cake from Spain called a tortell, and signal the beginning of Carnaval.
“The great diversity of traditions in celebrating Twelfth Night makes it a perfect event for Galveston,” Massey said. “Because we are a port city embracing so many different cultures, it’s a nice way to get together, enjoy fine music, sample traditional Twelfth Night foods and make new holiday memories together.”
The free public event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Galveston’s Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway. For additional information, call the Moody Mansion at (409) 762-7668 or visit the museum’s Web site, www.moodymansion.org.