Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Epiphany

The six January we celebrated the Epiphany. This day ends the Christmas period. According to the Catholic religion Epiphany recalls the arrival of the Three Wise Men to the Child Jesus. This is a special holiday for children. Indeed we imagine the Befana as an ancient Santa Claus-like figure whose name means "giver of gifts" and appears as a friendly old witch who rides through the air on a broomstick, dropping through chimneys to fill up with stockings toys and candy. All we use to write a letter to Befana to ask for gifts. However Befana is a bit like our court. In fact, she brings sweets and toys to children during the year were good and ash and coal to bads. So we in the morning of Epiphany we never know what we will find in your sock and the night before we are all a little worried.


María Jesús said...

Ver beautiful information.

anna sz. said...

In Poland we have a bank holiday on 6th january and parades take place in many cities - people dress up as kings and a Nativity Sceen is performed, people sing Christmas carols, which are very popular in Poland. Last Friday I heard on tv the story of Befana in Italy.

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