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Children tell you the story of the Befana in Le Marche

Children tell you the story of the Befana in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The "Befana" is an ugly old woman, who brings gifts to the good children on Epiphany Eve. She wears a black shawl on hear head and her dress is dirty of soot because she goes into the houses through the chimney. If children had been "bad" instead of sweet or toys they will find onions soot, garlic and coal in their stockings. That's why children during the weeks before Epiphany try to be more patient, good, rund and obedient than usual. On Epiphany eve children are very excited and curious too, still they go to bed very early, after they had hung their stocking on the fireplace. On Epiphany day they wake up very early in the morning, and they hurry to discover what the Befana left for them: some children will be very happy, some other will feel disappointed...

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Santa Claus vs Befana in Le Marche

Santa Claus vs Befana in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In Le Marche folklore, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children filling their socks with candy and presents (if they are good or a lump of coal or dark candy if they are bad), throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus.
The character may have originated in central Italy, then spread as a tradition to the rest of Italy.
There is evidence to suggest that Befana is descended from the Sabine/Roman goddess named Strina.

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Urbania Befana Feast from January 2 to 6 (National Befana Feast)

Urbania Befana Feast from January 2 to 6 (National Befana Feast) | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
For five days the beautiful town of Urbania in the Marche region will celebrate the National Feast of the Befana, the old witch who, in the Italian folklore delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5).
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