In the Italian folklore, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany in a similar way to Sinterklaas or Santa Claus. A popular belief is that her name derives from the Feast of Epiphany or in Italian, "La Festa dell'Epifania". Epifania (Epiphany in English) is a Latin word with Greek origins. Epiphany means either the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) or “manifestation (of the divinity).
In Italian folklore, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January in a similar way to St Nicholas or Santa Claus. But children get gifts from both Father Christmas and Befana.