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7 International Santa Traditions Involving Evil Sidekicks, Wine, Beatings
The legend of “La Befana” is an ancient Italian tradition that has its origins traced to the 13th century. “La Befana” is an old woman that rides a broom and is dressed in a jacket with colorful patches. On the night of January 5th (Epiphany Eve), she travels to every house in Italy, bringing candy (“caramele”) or fruit to good children and black coal (“carbone”), onions or garlic to naughty children. Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) has existed in Italy only since World War II.
La Befana di Guido Gozzano - I testi della tradizione di Filastrocche.it
Befana is the Christmas Witch and she is very old. Thousands of years old. She spends her days sweeping and baking and listening to the whispers of the wind. Image from book “Il tuo pane: letture per la quarta classe elementare” by L. Golfarelli, R. Ammannati, B. G.Bartoli.