The Italian Cultural & Community Center presents la Befana
The Italian Cultural & Community Center will celebrate the Italian Christmas tradition of la Befana. Children of all ages and families are welcome to attend this event to learn more about Befana and to participate in holiday activities.
There are numerous legends of Befana, many similar to the popular character Santa Claus. She is an old woman, traditionally depicted looking like a nice witch, that delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on the night of Epiphany. She will fill stockings with candies if a child is good throughout the year and a lump of coal or dark colored candy if they misbehave. Another popular depiction and tale of Befana is that she flies around on a broom and uses it to clean homes before leaving. Other legends of Befana tie her to the birth of Jesus and helping the Magi locate him.
Children from the Italian language classes will participate in a recital that showcases the tradition and perform in front of the guests. After the recital, everyone in attendance will gather in the parlor to receive sweets from Befana when she comes to visit the historic Milford House in the Museum District.