Friday, January 6, 2012

The Good Little Befana

On the night of January 5, folklore tells, the good Befana rides her broom delivering sweet treats and toys to children.  It is also said she refused the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem and told them she was too busy cleaning.

When she changed her mind to invite them in, they had already left; leaving the Befana aboard her broom searching for the trio.

Legend also says, her rag cloths are the origins of the cenci, delicious pastry served at this time of year, especially in the North of Italy.

This feast day, dating back to the Pagans, is celebrated with different dolci depending on what region.  One thing that is in common in all regions is the Befana Song!

The Befana comes by night
With her shoes all tattered and torn

She comes dressed in the Roman way
Long live the Befana!