|Careful, kids… the Befana may fly overhead any moment and see what you’re up to!|
|Even a “coal” from the Befana can be a treat.|
On the morning of the 6th, it is a special day in which kids get excited and parents become children again. The little ones wake early and cagily run in the kitchen to check if the stockings they left close to the hood have been filled (in Rome fireplaces are not common!).
History of the Befana
|Tomie DePaola’s children’s book|
“Befana” we now know as the name of the ugly old lady that, according to the legend, was asked by the Magi to show them the right way to get to the Infant Jesus. Since it was very cold, she refused to join them, but later, feeling remorse, she decided to go around taking a gift to every child, hoping to meet Jesus.