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Daemon
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Befana Festival

Sometimes referred to simply as La Befana, this is the Twelfth Night festival in Italy where the Befana, a kindly witch, plays much the same role that Santa Claus plays in the United States. The festival begins on Epiphany Eve, when the Befana is supposed to come down the chimney on her broom to leave gifts in children's stockings. In Rome, the Piazza Navona is thronged with children and their parents, who shop for toys and exchange greetings. Bands of young people march around, blowing on cardboard trumpets, and the noise level in the square can be deafening. More...
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Men dressed as "La Befana", an imaginary old woman who is thought to bring gifts to children during the festival of Epiphany, row boats down the Grand Canal in Venice, on January 6, 2012. The orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany is observed as the date when the Three Wise Men visited baby Jesus. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-EPIPHANY-BEFANA, originally transmitted on Jan. 5, 2016.


http://religionnews.com/2016/01/05/forget-magi-italian-children-await-gifts-good-witch/
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Those are beautiful boats, but how do they row with only one oar?
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