Sunday, January 03, 2021

Stories for Christmas: Old Befana

 Today's story is a tale from Italy; the story of Old Befana

Befana is the traditional gift giver in Italy, often portrayed as a witch with a broomstick, her story originally didn't have any connection with witches. The broomstick is an integral part of the story, though, for this houseproud woman! The name Befana probably derives from "Epiphania" - the feast of Epiphany on Jan 6, when the arrival of the Magi (the Wise Men/Three Kings) in Bethlehem is celebrated. 

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