The Boar's Head Festival
On the Eve of the Epiphany
Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4 pm
Come celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) with St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley’s annual Boar’s Head Festival beginning at 4 pm, Sunday, January 3, 2021.
Do you want to be in the cast? Adults gather at 3. Children and youth gather for costumes and casting (no lines to memorize or say!) as sheep, shepherds and angels at 3:30 pm. Meet in the Parlor on the breezeway along the courtyard at St. Mark's.
No reservation needed; we will pass the hat for donations of any amount to defray cost. If you wish, please bring a dessert to share (a great time to get those last few Christmas cookies out of the house!)
Gather for a wonderful pageant and delicious meal. We welcome the return of the Central Coast Pipe Band! (It’s worth making the effort to hear this incredible assembly of bagpipes and drums in the church and at the feast!)
We will enjoy songs and games at dinner and conclude the (real) Christmas season (the actual 12 days of Christmas that begin on Christmas Eve) and commemorate the arrival of the magi at the manger in Bethlehem.
The traditional English boar's head festival dates back to the 1300s in Queen's College, Oxford. The festival is held on the Feast of the Epiphany, the day the Three Kings are said to have arrived in Bethlehem.