Who is the Befana Christmas witch?

According to the Italian tradition, the Befana is an old woman who brings presents to every child during the night of January 5th. She comes down from the chimney and fills socks with candies. Very often, children are scared by the Befana because she looks like a witch riding her broom and they’re afraid because if they have been naughty during the past year she will bring them coal instead of sweets. Truth is this is just the way parents try to convince their kids to be obedient and not to misbehave. If the Befana is a children’s festivity, the Epiphany is its Catholic counterpart. As a matter of fact, Epiphany is the day in which the Three Kings brought presents to baby Jesus (from Koine Greek (ἡ) ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia "appearance", "manifestation") and it is also the last day of Christmas celebrations, in which Italian families take down decorations from the Xmas tree and the nativity scene. I think you might like this small selection of events regarding the Befana celebrations in Tuscany that I summarized into a Google Map. If you are here in Tuscany and you have kids, Epiphany will surely turn into an unforgettable moment for them! Do you have anything like our Befana in your country? Share it with us! :D View Befana (Epiphany) in Tuscany in a larger map Pic credit: moca_na_porta