Our Lady of Perpetual Help celebrates La Befana to close out Christmas season

Jan 09, 2019 187

BY: Matt Fernandez

In a celebration of the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, the Italian Catholic Club of Santa Clarita Valley and members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Newhall signaled the traditional end of the 12 days of Christmas with a goodbye to the holiday season with their fifth La Befana on Sunday.

Anna Riggs, president of the Italian Catholic Club of SCV, said that the La Befana tradition originated and most heavily celebrated in Italy but is also observed in parts of Europe like France, Poland and Russia. According to Riggs, the legend of La Befana says that she was a woman who housed the three kings on their way to see Jesus, but declined to follow them on their journey to meet the new king. The woman later regretted her decision and ventured out to find the kings and meet Jesus. Failing to find them, La Befana returned home and vowed to give presents to children each year.

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SOURCE: https://signalscv.com

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