Epiphany 2013 in the Region of Liguria

Dear children, are you ready for hanging your socks waiting for Befana, the old, kind woman who brings sweeties and candies? Or maybe, if you’ve been naughty kids last year, she could bring coal to you, as tradition says…

It is said that on every 6th January, the Befana arrives riding her broomstick and bringing many delicious things to the children (just like Santa Claus!). In Italy, it is an old tradition and this day is celebrated for remembering the arrival of the Three Wise Men to visit Baby Jesus or, for the non-believers, the coming of Befana.

What’s up in Liguria on Epiphany Day? In Liguria visitors can find many events and celebrations in different cities, concerts, bonfires, exhibitions and street markets, but also many “Befana Parties” or even many Miss modern Befana Competitions.

Here are some of the major events in Liguria for celebrating Epiphany 2013:

- the Longest Befana Sock in the world: in Sant’Olcense, in the province of Genoa, on Sunday 6th January, visitors will have the chance to marvel at the 40-meters-long sock, which will be hung to the bell tower of the Church at 3 pm under the children’s eyes. In addition, new and used toys will be gathered and given as a gift to the children of the Gaslini Children’s Hospital in Genoa.

- Befana comes from the Sea: in the city of Savona, this lovely old woman will come from the sea, in the port of Savona, for giving presents and sweeties to the children.

- Befanas on stilts parade in the town of Sanremo, the renowned “city of flowers”.

- “La Befana vien di notte” is a trade show taking place in San Bartolomeo al Mare (near Imperia) from 4th to 6th Jan. in Piazza Santa Maria from 9 am to 7 pm. On 6th, you can see the living nativity at the Rovere Sanctuary.

- Befana of Baccano (Val di Magra – Val di Vara). On 5th January from 8 pm on there will be the traditional celebration of Befana. In Piazza Mazzini there will be a great bonfire with music and entertainment. In addition, hot chocolate, mulled wine and a lottery.

- In Lerici (province of La Spezia) the Befana comes from the bell tower: on 6th January at about 5.30 pm the Befana will come down of the bell tower with her broom and a sack full of sweeties and coal. Children will wait for her under the arcades of the Astoria theatre together with entertainers who will make hot chocolate for everyone.

Events and parties for Epiphany are many in Liguria: choose your favourite one and celebrate this day in the beautiful Region of Liguria!

For having more information about Liguria, the cities and the most beautiful towns to visit, have a look at the online guide About Liguria.

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