Category: Culture/Traditions

La Befana vien di notte…

In Italy today they celebrate la Befana. It is the Festa dell’Epifania: Epifania (Epiphany in English) is a Latin word with Greek origins and means either the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) or “manifestation (of the divinity).” There are several legends about the Befana. 1) Following one […]

Sick at Christmas…

Everything was ready for Christmas. Cards were sent, presents wrapped, house cleaned and everything packed, ready to go to meet family for Christmas. But then everything changed within a few hours. First this silly wind that made my eyes cry, my nose tickle and then this nasty caught. […]

En Sinterklaas is er weer!

If you live in the Netherlands, today you will experience how a whole country – children and adults! – are gek (crazy) about Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas (also known as Sint Nicolaas or Sint Nikolaas, Saint Nicolas in French, Sankt Nikolaus in German) is the traditional Winter holiday figure celebrated […]