6 January 2006

The House of Befana

Befane (witch-like old women) on display in piazza Navona at the Epiphany. Until a few decades ago, Christmas had no relations with gifts in Italy, and Befana day was boxing day. Nowadays, on the morning of January 6th children find small toys and sweets inside the long stockings their parents hung the night before. The very bad ones may also receive the now rare, politically uncorrect piece of charcoal.

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