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The Befana Comes by Night…

Alice Bonvicini (January 2, 2011)

The old good witch who brings candies and coal to the Italian children. Its origin and multifarious celebrations.

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Hi

La Befana

I had never heard of La Befana until about 18 years ago when my husband and I joined an Italian social group. It's a beautiful feast, and I actually found a La Befana statue in Huntington, LI. At our home there, I held a Befana party and displayed the legend on the dining room table. It was quite a party. This year I was supposed to be in Italy celebrating La Befana with my cousins, but thanks to the snow and airport delays, we cancelled the trip. Hopefully, next year, we'll be there. Buona festa and grazie per l'articolo. Patricia Sandler