La Bafana Italian Santa Claus - Italian folklore - Christmas around the world - Flying witch with basket full of presents
La Bafana, Italian Santa Claus, Italian folklore, old woman with magical powers who arrives on Epiphany Eve with gifts for children
In Italian folklore, Befana (pronounced [beèöfaè?na]) is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to St Nicholas or Santa Claus. The story is that la Befana was approached by the Three Wise Men who asked her to lead them to the stable where the baby Jesus lay in a manger. La Befana was too busy cleaning her house at the time, so she declined the offer to go with them. Very soon she realized that she had made a huge mistake, so she gathered up a bag full of gifts and set off alone in search of the baby Jesus. Though she followed the same star as the Magi, she was unable to find the stable. Undaunted, la Befana continues to travel the world over to this day searching every house for the Christ child leaving gifts and treats in her wake.
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