La Festa dell’Epifania

The Feast of the Epiphany may not be a holiday you have heard of. It is a Christian holiday on January 6th commemorating the Baptism of Jesus and essentially an end to the holiday season. For the less religious, Epiphany is a time of indulgence and tradition. The Befana, in Italian folklore, is an old witch that delivers candy to all of the good children – similar to Sinterklaas (BE) or Santa (US). In squares all around Italy, when the clock strikes midnight, crowds gather to watch the witch get burnt for the celebration (fake, of course). I’m not totally sure this aspect of the tradition can be explained but it is great fun.

Olivia

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