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La Befana

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Today Italians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany and the tradition of La Befana.  Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas and the arrival of the three Wise men.  This national holiday also includes the tale of a witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5 and fills children’s stockings with toys and sweets for the good ones and coal for those who have been bad.  Buona Festa oggi!