The world is beautiful because it is varied and in every country traditions change. Sometimes we forget it and we don't consider the fact that even among European States there are different uses and customs. You may have wondered how to translate to a pen friend of yours the fact that the Befana brought you a nice stocking of sweets, only to find out that there is no translation for this term and that English children have no idea who be the Epiphany. Are you planning a trip to the UK for Epiphany and wondering what events will be organized for January 6th ? Obviously you will not find anything in reference to our tradition of sock and Befana. The Epiphany exists but is celebrated only as a religious holiday, so much so that it is not considered a public holiday (people go to work regularly and children go to school). In this article, we will explore why Befana does not exist in Anglo-Saxon countries and how Epiphany is celebrated. Read on …

To make very nice greetings read here: Greetings for the Epiphany: funny phrases about the Epiphany

Befana in inglese: la traduzione


As we have seen, the translation of Befana into English is not there simply because the figure of the old woman who wears socks full of sweets to children flying on her broom at night does not exist.
While Epiphany - intended as a religious holiday in which the arrival of the Three Kings is celebrated at the hut of the infant Jesus to deliver their gifts to him - is also celebrated in Anglican countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Epiphany is an all-Italian tradition, born in some regions of Central Italy and then spread throughout the Italian peninsula.
The name of the Epiphany derives from a corruption of the term Epiphany, and its origin is the result of the mixture between the pagan propitiatory rites of the ancient Romans who celebrated the twelfth night after the winter solstice and the Christian culture, according to which on January 6 the Magi they deliver the gifts to baby Jesus after a long journey.


Although the Epiphany is an unknown figure in Anglo-Saxon countries, the Epiphany is celebrated in the United Kingdom both from a religious point of view and as a twelfth night festival, with which the end of the Christmas holidays is marked. Twelfth Night, The Twelfth Night in English, has its roots in the pagan midsummer festival, during which he wished wealth and prosperity for the subsequent harvest season.
It was also the last day to have fun before returning to the tiring work in the fields. Obviously, Catholic traditions have been modeled on ancient pagan feasts and today The Twelfth Night is precisely the twelfth day after the birth of Jesus, on December 25th. Across the United Kingdom it is celebrated with a reproduction of Shakespeare 's comedy, The Twelfth Night, with the representation of characters of English folklore, such as the Holly Man, a green goblin adorned with holly leaves and flowers. In addition, in the houses it is customary to prepare the Twelfth Night Cake, the twelfth night cake, stuffed with almonds and candied fruit and which must contain a bean and a pea to indicate, respectively, the king and queen of the party.
The dessert is generally tasted together with a hot and alcoholic drink perfect for warming up on cold winter days, the Wassail. Finally, there is a widespread belief of removing Christmas decorations and dismantling Christmas trees by January 6, to avoid bad luck.


Create a very original DIY Befana stocking and discover the origins of the Epiphany:

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  • Epiphany: meaning of January 6 and the gifts of the Three Kings