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La Befana and Befanotti

La Befana and Befanotti

there were some pretty strange looking people out and about in the streets of Barga last night

Befanotti It was a bitterly cold wind all day coming down from the snow covered mountains to the North of the city and so all eyes were on the weather forecast for the evening when the Befanotti come down from the mountains for their traditional meeting and singing in Barga Vecchia …. would it happen? […]

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La Befana arrives in Barga

La Befana arrives in Barga

Italy’s traditional celebration includes the tale of a witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5 and fills the stockings with toys and sweets for the good children and lumps of coal for the bad ones.

La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]

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La Befana arrives in Barga

La Befana arrives in Barga

coal for the Mayor as the Befana enters Barga Vecchia

La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]

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The cult of Father Christmas

The cult of Father Christmas

For many people that morning it was happy occasion – the piazza full of children obviously enjoying themselves as the “Christmas Spirit” starts up in earnest, the teachers looking forward to their well earned rest and the children get ready for the Christmas holidays but watching it from a distance something has definitely changed and it […]

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Le befanate in Valle del Serchio

VALLE DEL SERCHIO – Sono una tradizione antica e preziosa come quella della Befana, sono i canti di questua che precedono o seguono l’arrivo della vecchietta nei vari paesi che in due giorni riesce a visitare con gran piglio. – video by Noi Tv and Abramo Rossi

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La befana Barghigiana si e’ rotta del freddo

the Barga Befana flies across to Sydney, Australia

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Befana and Befanotti

Befana and Befanotti

there were some pretty strange looking people out and about in the streets of Barga last night

La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]

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La Befana arrives in Barga

La Befana arrives in Barga

La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]

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Presepe and the Befana

Presepe and the Befana

Here locally there is a long tradition of building nativity scenes which include small models of buildings, mills or caves with elaborate mechanisms to move the figures, or turn the miniature water wheels or activate sets of flashing lights.

Traditionally, the main focus of Christmas decorations in Italy are the presepe (the word presepio is also used), meaning Nativity scene or creche. The Nativity scene or Christmas crib is said to have originated with St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 although he may not have been the first to construct one, he started the […]

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Father Christmas arrives in Barga

Father Christmas arrives in Barga

There was a Panettone festa taking place this afternoon at the Fratelli Lucchesi in Barga Giardino with special guest – Father Christmas. The bakery and specialist kitchens of Paolo Lucchesi which are normally closed to the public were opened up so that people could see for themselves just how this traditional Christmas cake was actually […]

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Festa della befana al reparto di riabilitazione dell’ospedale di Barga

Festa della befana al reparto di riabilitazione dell’ospedale di Barga

images by Alessandra Magnani

La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]

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La Befana arrives in Barga

La Befana arrives in Barga

the terrible rain did not keep the Befana away .....

La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]

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