In Italy the Christmas holidays end on January 6th, the Epiphany, which was a celebration in remembrance of the "Magi's" ; or the Three King's visit to the Baby Jesus. According to legend the three men during their journey stopped and asked an old woman for food and shelter. She refused and they continued on their way. Within a few hours the woman had a change of heart but the Magi were long gone.Auckland
The "Befana" (Epiphany), depicted as a witch astride a broom, still searchs the world for the Baby Jesus. On the Eve of the Epiphany Italian children hang a stocking by the fireplace: the old woman puts sweets and chocolates into the stockings of children who have been good and black coal into the stockings of children who have been naughty! In Rome, in Piazza Navona , there is a typical toy and candy market; here you can meet the "Befana" in person, who will give you some candy!