Italian Epiphany

Italian Epiphany

In Catholic tradition, the Epiphany is when the three wise men finally reached the baby Jesus to worship him and give him their gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh.

Today, it’s also an important Italian festival for children because of the arrival of La Befana, a friendly, if somewhat ugly, old lady who arrives on a broomstick and fills children’s shoes or stockings with candy. Most stores and markets will be closed on this day.