On January 11th, 2018 the Rumi Forum partnered with the Washington National Cathedral to host an interfaith epiphany dinner.
The Washington National Cathedral and the Rumi Forum came together to celebrate the Epiphany on January 11th, 2018. The Epiphany or Three Kings Day is an ancient Christian feast day that is significant in a number of ways. In the East, where it originated, the Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan., in addition to celebrating Jesus’ birth. Western Christianity began celebrating the Epiphany in the 4th century, where they celebrate the visit of the magi (wise men) to the infant Jesus when God revealed himself to the world through the incarnation of Jesus. According to Matthew 2:11 they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Popular Epiphany customs include Epiphany singing, feasts, chalking the door, having one’s house blessed, consuming Three Kings Cake, winter swimming, as well as attending church services.
The dinner was held in the Bethlehem Chapel, where those of different cultures and traditions of the community came together for a night of amazing food and great conversation.