La Befana – one more feast is celebrated in Italy

Buona BefanaWhile in most other parts of the world the Christmas and New Year holidays have now come to an end, Italians are still waiting for the last celebration of the season, the Epiphany, to commemorate the visit of the Three Kings to the Baby Jesus.
Children in Italy  receive presents from “La Befana”, a legendary figure who flies on a broomstick on Epiphany Eve and comes down the chimney to fill children’s socks with either candy and presents, if they have been good, or a lump of coal if they have been naughty.

Epiphany is a much loved holiday in Italy, one last feast before the year’s work begins.  BUON ANNO 2014 !

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