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January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany
The Festa della Epifania is a public holiday in Italy where children await the arrival of La Befana with great anticipation, for she brings caramelle (candy) and gifts.
In Italy, the story of “Le Befana,” is a lesson about the Second Great Commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The old story says that the three Wise Men stopped at an old woman’s house, asking for food and shelter. As one who eagerly awaited the coming of the Messiah, La Befana was intent on leaving her home and searching for Him.
Anxious to be on her way, she at first refused her unbidden and unknown guests, whom God had intended would lead her to the Christ Child. She relented too late, for the Magi had gone, and she set out in search of the Infant Jesus. Because of her refusal to the Wisemen, she was never able to find the Holy Infant. The legend says that, to this day, she is still searching for Him, leaving gifts and toys at every home that shelters a child, hoping the Christ Child abides therein. [http://keepingitcatholic.blogspot.com/]
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