In parts of Italy, La Befana gives gifts to children for the holidays like Santa Claus does in other countries. She does this on the night of the Epiphany on January 5th. That's when the 3 Wise Men are said to have given their gifts to Jesus. La Befana goes around leaving presents for children, in imitation of the Three Wise Men. Befana looks like a friendly witch, with a mole on her face, wearing tattered clothes. She flies on a broom and goes down chimneys to deliver toys to the girls and boys.

La Befana riccia, riccia  - Italian Children's Songs - Italy - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Translated by Lisa Yannucci.



Many thanks to Emanuela Marsura for contributing this song and for singing it for us!

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