What Is the Italian Feast of La Befana?

Find out how Italians celebrate the Epiphany on January 6 and learn all about the Italian Christmas witch.

La Befana is the Italian Christmas witch, who gives gifts on the feast of the Epiphany. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
La Befana is the Italian Christmas witch. Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

Buona Befana! This is the greeting Italians share with one another on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany. It marks the end of the holiday season and recognizes the arrival of the three Magi to baby Jesus’ manger. As a religious feast, the Epiphany also is a celebration of the realization…