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befana

(bəˈfɑːnə)
n
(in Italian folklore) an ugly good fairy who brings gifts to good children on Epiphany eve
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One stocking story does not attribute the tradition to Santa, but to a kindhearted Italian witch named "La Befana." La Befana arrives on a broomstick the night of January 5 and fills the stockings of good children with sweet treats and toys.
Si presenta cosi al lettore, come in Speranzella, la realta dei vicoli, abitati da una umanita miserevole, oppressa da problemi--determinati anche dalla disoccupazione (Scenata)--di carattere economico (La Befana di Sebastiano Criscuolo), che spingono ad azioni al limite della ragionevolezza (Il veleno), e vittima dell'incuria, dell'indifferenza delle istituzioni (Il crollo), di cui essa, pero, si fa gioco (Barba e capelli), quando e possibile (Scusate, Eccellenza!).
7. In Italy, people tell the story of La Befana, a woman who decided not to go with the three kings on their trip to Bethlehem.
La imagen se articula directa e inmediatamente al texto, cuando dice: "La Befana fue a su caldero, busco en su libro de formulas y comenzo a trabajar" (Da Coll, 1997, p.
There's Pere Noel in France and in Italy there's an old lady called La Befana. She arrived late at the Bethlehem Stable with a gift for the Christ Child but the family had all left for Egypt!
Scandinavia has a variety of Christmas gnomes including Norway's Julenisse, Russia has Grandfather Frost and Babouschka, a grandmotherly figure, and Italy has La Befana, a kindly old witch.
3- Italie C'est une sorciere, la Befana, qui apporte des cadeaux aux gentils enfants.
Instead of Father Christmas, Italy has La Befana, a witch-like figure who brings gifts to for the good and punishes the bad.
Another very traditional aspect of the Italian Christmas takes place on January 6 when La Befana Au an ugly, old lady comes down the chimney and leaves coal for bad children and sweets for good children.
* La Befana is an ugly old woman who brings Italian children presents (traditionally candy for good behavior, coal for bad) on Epiphany, January 6.
Epiphany is celebrated among Italians and Italian-Americans with the annual "visit" of an elderly woman, La Befana, who tucks gifts and sweets into the shoes of little children early Epiphany morning.