Christian world marks Epiphany with series of celebrations

  • A child cheers The Cabalgata Los Reyes Magos (Cavalcade of the three kings) as they enter the old city during the cavalcade the day before Epiphany, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

  • Men and young boys enter the icy Tundzha river to celebrate Epiphany in the town of Kalofer, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. The legend goes that the person who retrieves the wooden cross will be freed from evil spirits and will be healthy throughout the year. After the cross is fished out, the priest delivers a special blessing to that man and his household. In the small mountain city of Kalofer in central Bulgaria the ritual lasts longer, as nearly a hundred men dressed in traditional white embroidered shirts wade into the Tundzha River to perform a slow "mazhko horo," or men's dance. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

  • Men sing and dance as they celebrate Epiphany in the icy Tundzha River in the town of Kalofer, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. The legend goes that the person who retrieves the wooden cross will be freed from evil spirits and will be healthy throughout the year. After the cross is fished out, the priest delivers a special blessing to that man and his household. In the small mountain city of Kalofer in central Bulgaria the ritual lasts longer, as nearly a hundred men dressed in traditional white embroidered shirts wade into the Tundzha River to perform a slow "mazhko horo," or men's dance. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

  • A Greek Orthodox priest wearing a face mask to curb the spread of coronavirus, holds a cross during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations at Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Celebrations to mark the Christian holiday of Epiphany were canceled or scaled back in many parts of Greece Thursday as the country struggles with a huge surge in COVID-19 infections driven by the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • A pilgrim reacts after catching the cross during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations at Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Celebrations to mark the Christian holiday of Epiphany were canceled or scaled back in many parts of Greece Thursday as the country struggles with a huge surge in COVID-19 infections driven by the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Pilgrims jump to catch the cross during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations at Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Celebrations to mark the Christian holiday of Epiphany were canceled or scaled back in many parts of Greece Thursday as the country struggles with a huge surge in COVID-19 infections driven by the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

VATICAN CITY — Christians around the world on Thursday marked Epiphany, known as Three Kings Day for Catholics and the Baptism of Christ for the Orthodox, with a series of celebrations.