13 Facts About Befana


Befana's is usually portrayed as a hag riding a broomstick through the air wearing a black shawl and is covered in soot because she enters the children's houses through the chimney.

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Befana's is often smiling and carries a bag or hamper filled with candy, gifts, or both.

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Christian legend had it that Befana was approached by the biblical magi, known as the Three Wise Men a few days before the birth of the Infant Jesus.

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Befana's provided them with shelter for a night, as she was considered the best housekeeper in the village, with the most pleasant home.

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Later, La Befana had a change of heart, and tried to search out the astrologers and Jesus.

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Befana's eventually met Jesus and presented him with gifts to make him happy.

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However, Befana turned them away because she was too busy cleaning.

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Befana's brings along a bag filled with baked goods and gifts for Jesus, and a broom to help the new mother clean.

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Befana was a widespread tradition among the whole Italian people, having originated in Rome and having become well known and practiced by the rest of the population during the centuries.

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Many people believe that the name Befana is derived from the Italians' mispronunciation of the Greek word epifania or epiphaneia .

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Tradition of Befana appears to incorporate other pre-Christian popular elements as well, adapted to Christian culture and related to the celebration of the New Year.

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Befana maintains many similarities with Perchta and her Pre-Christian Alpine traditions.

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Befana is celebrated throughout all of Italy, and has become a national icon.

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