The Tradition of La Befana
Do you know who is coming on 6 January to Italy? It's la Befana (Arriva la Befana)!!
"La Befana vien di notte
con le scarpe tutte rotte
il vestito alla romana
Viva, viva la Befana!”
The Befana comes at night
with broken shoes
a Roman dress
Long live the Befana!
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La Befana is an old, kind woman who flies by broomstick on the night of 5 January to drop off sweet surprises for kids to wake up to.
According to the legend, the three kings asked her to come with them to bring gifts to baby Jesus, but la Befana said she was too busy. When she changed her mind, she realized it was too late to catch up. Now, she flies on her broomstick and brings treats to children each year on Three Kings' Day, or Epiphany.
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