>Being a Roman Catholic country, the important Catholic holidays are legal holidays here in Austria. Today is “Drei Könige”, or Epiphany, which marks the end of the Christmas festivities. Today is the day people take down their tree and put the ornaments back in the cellar, or go skiing, or — as originally intended — go to church. Or all three, I guess. Children are depressed because it’s the last day of Christmas vacation for them.
Traditionally, each parish sends out a trio of volunteers to dress up as the Three Kings (mostly children or young teens, from what I have seen) to go door-to-door and offer religious songs. They collect money for church charity projects, and then they’ll mark the space above your front door, with special blessed chalk (really), to signify that they have been there and that Jesus should take special note to bless your house. What they write looks like this: