Viva, Viva La Befana!


Le Befane

Last night, as we packed away our Christmas decorations for another year, Italian children hung their stockings and awaited the arrival of a special visitor, Befana, a kindly and very ugly witch.  In Italian folklore, Befana drops in at Italian homes on the eve of Epiphany and leaves presents: nice gifts for good children and coal (now black sweets) for naughty ones.

A popular rhyme goes:

La Befana vien di notte
con le scarpe tutte rotte
con le toppe alla sottana
Viva, viva la Befana!

There was a nice vibe in Naples today.  Family groups promenaded together along Lungomare in the glorious sunshine, and street entertainers amused the children (both the good and the not so good).  A fitting last holiday before the year’s work starts tomorrow as ‘L’Epifania tutte le feste si porta via‘.


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