Buona Befana! Happy New Year to all!!!

Lucca came alive for an ancient tradition today:

La Befana, the Italian original substitute for Santa Claus, visited via Fillungo to deliver treats to children in an atmosphere of traditional songs and love for all the young.  This legendary, poor old woman delivers gifts to children on Epiphany, the day that the Three Kings delivered their gifts to the Christ child — January 6th.

Watch la Befana here in action as the chorus of la Befana a Lucca Dentro sings in her honor, thanks to our correspondent Giulia Lippi: