Befana

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Befana

Befana

Her name is Befana, she is a witch, rides on her broom and she is ugly. But the Befana usually smiles and brings presents to the kids if they have been nice. Naughty kids only get a lump of coal.

This strange Italian tradition takes place on January 6th. The Befana is a mixture between Helloween, Christmas and the Magi.

January 6th is the day when according to Christian tradition the Magi – the three kings – brought their presents to Jesus.

The origin of the Befana is definitely not Christian, maybe Roman. An old tradition to greet the new year.