The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Befana still searches today, after all these centuries. She soon regrets her decision and changes her mind.
Urbania is thought to be her official home. She provided them with shelter for a night, as she was considered the best housekeeper in the village, with the most pleasant home. La Befana is a poor, old woman who is a bit of a hermit and always, always sweeping her house. She tried her best to catch up, but never did. The magi invited her to join them on the journey to find the baby Jesus, but she declined, stating she was too busy with her housework.
This is a lovely story, albeit somewhat bittersweet, filled with hope and symbolism. She searched and searched for Baby Jesus, but never found him.
As the Three Kings make their way to Bethlehem, they pass through her village. Historian Carlo Ginzburg relates her to Nicevenn. She gathers these homemade cookies and cakes as gifts, and brings along her broom so she can sweep for the new mother. She brought some baked goods and gifts for baby Jesus in her bag and took her broom to help the new mother clean and began her search for baby Jesus.
Befana also maintains many similarities with Perchta and her Pre-Christian Alpine traditions. Try this recipe for traditional Epiphany cookies, befanini La Befana's Stars. Hundreds of Befanas are present, swinging from the main tower. One day the magi, also known as the three wise men, came to her door in search of baby Jesus. La Befana vien di notte Con le scarpe tutte rotte Col vestito alla romana.
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