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La befana

Posted by
Nazzareno (Rome, Italy) on 6 January 2019 in Miscellaneous.

The Befana
The Befana is celebrated throughout all of Italy, and has become a national icon.
Traditionally, all Italian children may expect to find a lump of "coal" in their stockings (actually candy made black with caramel coloring), as every child has been at least occasionally bad during the year.
Piazza Navona in central Rome is the site of a popular market each year between Christmas and the Epiphany, where toys, sugar charcoal and other candies are on sale. The feast of the Befana in Rome was immortalized in the Roman dialect by the 19th century Roman poet Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli.

La Befana vien di notte
Con le scarpe tutte rotte
Col vestito alla romana
Viva, Viva La Befana!

The English translation is:

The Befana comes by night
With her shoes all tattered and torn
She comes dressed in the Roman way
Long live the Befana!


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Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great collage presentation on this event! And thank you for the background information!

6 Jan 2019 8:04pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful festival. Superb captures of it.

6 Jan 2019 10:48pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A fabulous scene! What a great celebration! Very interesting information.

7 Jan 2019 2:30am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Un plaisir de revoir la place Navona et cette magnifique ville de Rome que j'aime tant. Je ne connaissais pas cette fête traditionnelle

7 Jan 2019 6:08am

PascalXLD from Rennes / Redon, France

Un joli montage pour de belles photos

Bonne journée

7 Jan 2019 8:44am



8 Jan 2019 8:37am