La Befana

Epiphany is a Christian feast day. Christians commemorate principally the visitation of the biblical Magi to the Jesus and his parents. Since 1970, the date of the celebration by Latine Rite Roman Catholics is fixed as January 6 only in countries where the feast is a holy Day of Obligation. In Italy, according to the Roman author Macrobius and English antiquarian John Brand, the word "Epiphania" was transformed into BEFANA, the great fair held at that season to sell sigillaria of terracotta or baked pastry. In Italian popular folklore, Befana visits the children on the eve of January 6th to fill their socks with candies and presents if they had been good or a lump of coal if they had been bad.

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Created by Andrea Poidomani