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6 Holiday Traditions Around the World

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1. Italy: La Befana

Forget jolly old St. Nick — in Italy, christmas gifts are brought by La Befana, a witch on a broomstick! Italian folklore says that the 3 wise men asked the witch to accompany them to the manger. She declined their offer, as well as a shepherd’s offer. That evening, she saw a bright light in the sky and changed her mind, wanting to bring gifts that had once belonged to her deceased child. She never found the group again. Now, she brings gifts to children every year with the hopes of finding Baby Jesus.

Every year, Italian parents leave out a glass of wine and some food for la befana, and children hang their stockings hoping for gifts.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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12:10PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

The one I would like to take part is the Diwali, in India. It seems to be amazing!

9:17PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thanks very interesting

8:43AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

i've heard of some of these and partook in a few too! i like learning about different cultures and the way they celebrate. we may be miles apart, but still share some ways of celebrating, be it food or drink or fireworks!

9:34PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

I'd love to celebrate Diwali!

7:12AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Very interesting info, thanks :-)

7:54PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone! Thanks.

5:59PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

lovely

5:21PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

It's great to hear of different traditions from other parts of the world. Folklore is so interesting.

9:31AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

thanks for sharing

8:23AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Thanks!

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so true....keeping it all together....

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