Sunday, January 8, 2012

La Befana: Christmas Witch

I was doing a bit of reading on Epiphany customs and ran across the custom in Italy known as "La Befana". The legend goes that a woman, Befana (short for "epiphany") was invited by the Magi to go see the Christ-child. She refused to go but later regretted it so now she travels around the world seeking the baby and doing favors for children on the eve of Epiphany. And she travels on a broom!
La Befana, the action figure!

More here. and here.

And if you like your witches a little cuter, then check out this video from a Bella Befana!