La Befana—Italy’s Christmas Witch

義大利送禮的聖誕醜巫婆

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出版時間:2019/01/11

In most countries, the Christmas season ends on New Year’s Day. For Italians, Christmas lasts a bit longer, until January 6th. That’s when a holiday called the Epiphany takes place. It’s a day to celebrate when the Three Wise Men brought gifts to honor the baby Jesus. This is also the time when Italian children receive their Christmas presents. Their gifts don’t come from Santa Claus, though. Instead, an old witch named Befana delivers them.

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在大多數國家,聖誕時節止於新年當天。但對於義大利人來說,聖誕節的時間會長一點,直到一月六日。這天就是一個稱為「主顯節」的節日來臨之時。
慶祝這天的原因是在這天「三賢者」帶了禮物來榮耀聖嬰耶穌。這也是義大利孩童們收到聖誕禮物的日子。不過他們的禮物並非來自聖誕老人。相反地,禮物是由一位名為貝法娜的老巫婆遞送。

生活必備字詞

◎wise a. 有智慧的;明智的
The wise old professor has a lot of life experience to share with his students.
◎deliver vt. 遞送,傳送;發表
This package was delivered to me by the mailman.

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本文節錄自《常春藤生活英語》雜誌,完整內容請見一月號。

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