At the Italian Center (6821 Fair Oaks Blvd Carmichael, California) on January 9, 2022. The center will open at 1:00pm. Come early and enjoy free children's crafts and Befana photo booth. Masks required for all guests over age 3. Each January, the Italian Cultural Society holds a children’s Festival, “La Festa della Befana” for the children of the I...

Drive down any neighborhood in the U.S. a few days after Christmas and you’re likely to see holiday trees at the curb, ready to be picked up by the local trash men. I’ve seen my share with tinsel or fake snow still on them. For many, Dec. 26 is the day to un-decorate, but actually, “Little Christmas” is just getting started. Having been raised in I...

This event is a cultural arts and community engagement project centered around a one-toothed puppet from ancient Italian folklore, who is on a mission to spread love and inspire unity one neighborhood (and cookie) at a time.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, La Befana, in partnership with NYC Relief, has been engaging the public in a legendary...

A Madison (CT) native has written a book to inspire small acts of kindness that can make big difference. Kate West has brought her Italian-American holiday traditions and cherished childhood memories with her beloved Nona to the page. Her book “LeBefana and the Christmas Star” follows an enchanting character from ancient Italian folklore that child...

Cari Amici, we invite you will join us online for a very special event Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, live from Tom Tedesco’s Studio, for an Epiphany celebration hosted by Artistic Director Alessandra Belloni and Music Director John La Barbera, co-founders of I Giullari di Piazza. For tickets visit here.  This will be a special o...

A virtual event for the whole family is schedule for January 9, 2021 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Waterbury UNICO, in conjunction with the Silas Bronson Library, is sponsoring the event that is appropriate for ages 3 and up. Join Angela Buzzelli as she enchants us with The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie DePaola. Come learn about the legend of La Befana, an I...

In ancient Italian folklore, legend has it that an old woman called La Befana flies from house to house leaving toys for good children on the twelfth day of Christmas. Inspired to share this beloved tradition that she celebrated as a child, Kate West wrote a children’s book titled La Befana and The Star, adding a modern culinary twist to the legend...

The Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday season in Italy lasts throu...