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La Befana Festival

Italy has many religious and historic festivals, one of which is La Befana celebrated on January 6th to mark the end of the festive season. La Befana is a representation of an old lady on a broomstick, who climbs down the chimneys to bring sweets to children. Legend has it that La Befana was so busy cleaning her home that she missed her chance to bring gifts and pay homage to the baby Jesus.   Ever since then, she has been cursed to travel the world with her bag of gifts looking for the holy child.