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      • The Twelfth Night celebrations, also known as the Feast of Fools, can be traced back to pre-Christian festivals such as the Celtic festival of Samhain and the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia. On this night the Lord of Misrule is supposed to turn everything upside down and kings become peasants and vice versa.
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  2. Twelfth Night (also known as Epiphany Eve) is a Christian festival on the last night of the Twelve Days of Christmas, marking the coming of the Epiphany. Different traditions mark the date of Twelfth Night as either 5 January or 6 January, depending on whether the counting begins on Christmas Day or 26 December.

    • 5 or 6 January
    • evening prior to Epiphany
  3. "Twelfth Night" is a reference to the twelfth night after Christmas Day, also called the Eve of the Feast of Epiphany. It was originally a Catholic holiday, and therefore an occasion for revelry, like other Christian feast days. Servants often dressed up as their masters, men as women, and so forth.

  4. Twelfth Night, in full Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, written about 1600–02 and printed in the First Folio of 1623 from a transcript of an authorial draft or possibly a playbook. One of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, Twelfth Night precedes the great tragedies and problem plays in order of composition.

  5. Most of us are aware of the superstition that the Christmas decorations must be taken down on or before Twelfth Night, the final day of the twelve days of Christmas. The twelve days of Christmas are commemorated in a popular song first published c. 1780. The song ends with the line ‘ Three French hens, two turtle doves and a Partridge in a pear tree’. The Church of England starts the ...

  6. Feb 24, 2021 · In many ways the history of Twelfth Night is a history of bad luck and what-ifs. A bad call here, some bad luck there, a band blessed with an abundance of ideas and spectacular musicianship who always seemed to be in the wrong place at the right time and vice versa.

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