Thursday, January 6, 2011

Epiphany

Thought I'd share a little something that I miss from Italy tonight.
January 6th in Europe, we celebrate Epiphany.
This is a Cristian celebration, as Christmas is, in which we commemorate the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi.
In commercial words, this translate in exchanging of stockings full of sweets and chocolate, or charcoal if you've been naughty. Kinda like Americans, use to do for Christmas, but in Italy, we separated the 2 and I think it's kinda of nice, 'cause after all that Christmas is done and said, you're still something to look for, instead of being of lumped together.

The pagan symbol of this festivity it the Befana, that supposed to be a very old woman flying on a broom. She's pretty much the female figure of Santa Claus that delivers chocolates and small gifts.

The Epiphany is also last festive day of the holidays in Italy, which means most European places (schools and such) will reopen doors just tomorrow.

I used to be pretty good about eating my chocolates a little bit at the time during the whole year, looking forward to the next Epiphany. You can understand how much I'm bummed right now that in America there is no such thing.

I also thought this collection that I made around Christmas time, goes along pretty well with this post! Enjoy :)

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1 comments:

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Thank you so much Lu for sharing this Italian tradition with me :)

I'm SO interested in other cultures and their celebrations, so this is somewhat of a treat for me!

Even though America doesn't have such a tradition, you can keep the Italian heritage going by celebrating it within your house. It will let your children learn a little something about their background and give you pleasure as well :)

Just a thought!

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