Befana

In Italian folklore, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to St Nicholas or Santa Claus. But children get both gifts from Father Christmas and the Befana. A popular belief is that her name derives from the Feast of Epiphany or in Italian, `La Festa dell`E.....
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Befana

In Italian folklore, a legendary old woman who brings gifts for good children on Twelfth Night (6 January) and ashes for naughty children. The name is also applied to a rag doll hung...
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Befana

In Italian mythology, Befana is the good-fairy who fills children's Christmas stockings with toys while they sleep on Twelfth Night. According to Legeb, Befana was too busy with her housework to look after the three Kings when they went to offer their gifts to the baby Jesus, and said she would wait to see them on their return. However, they went a...
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Befana

in Italian tradition, the old woman who fills children`s stockings with gifts on Epiphany (Twelfth Night). Too busy to accompany the Three Wise Men ... [1 related articles]
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