January 6th has been a holiday and work-free day in Poland since 2010, because Poland re-introduced the feast of Epiphany, a feast which commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem to pay tribute to Jesus, twelve days after his birth. It is also called the Three Kings’ Day.
In Warsaw, an epiphany procession is being held for the fifth successive year, beginning at noon at Castle Square, the entrance of the Old Town. The most Poles will bring a blessed piece of chalk from their local church and use it to inscribe the date and the letter C, B and M above the front of the door of the house. They stand for the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar.
In Poland, epiphany is also a day of prayer for and assistance to Polish missionaries. The donations will go to the 2000 Polish missionaries and nuns working in 98 countries all over the world.