Epiphany Celebration in Venice

The Feast of the Epiphany is a national holiday in Italy and is celebrated on January 6. It honors the 12th day of Christmas when the Three Wise Men arrived at the manger.

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 candy for the good children and lumps of coal for the bad ones.

The Venetians celebrate Epiphany with a witches rowing race along the Grand Canal.

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