Unlike in many other European countries on Epiphany, in Italy it is not the Three Wise Men who bring presents to the well-behaved children, but the Befana.
Although unclear whether the origins of the Befana are rooted in Celtic customs or based on the Bible, the benevolent old witch with magical powers is loved everywhere in Italy. In fact, several weeks preceding the Epiphany, Italian children are busy writing letters to the Befana telling her which presents they would like most to receive.
So hurry up – don’t forget to hang up your socks 🙂
Read about the Legend of La Befana: http://mymerrychristmas.com/legend-of-la-befana/
Posted by Patricia at www.simplychillout.com