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Sunday, January 08, 2023

Weekly recap 1 - 8 January

January 08, 2023 0 Comments

Hello everyone, happy Sunday!


The holiday season is officially over. I hope you had splendid end-of-year holidays, whatever holidays you celebrate. 


It's time for the first weekly recap of 2023! 


A week ago, my Maltipoo Rascal turned four. Obviously, I had to post about his birthday! On Monday, I posted about my curly hair journey and how my curl pattern is changing and becoming looser. Then, on Wednesday, I published a post explaining why you should stop using terrycloth towels to dry your hair and what you should use instead. And last but certainly not least, on Friday, I wrote an article about the feast of the Epiphany and the legend of La Befana (aka The Christmas Witch).


(LINKS BELOW)


weekly recap collage


Read...


It's my dog's fourth (4th) birthday! 🎂

My curl pattern is changing...

Why you should stop using regular hair towels

Epiphany and the legend of "La Befana"



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Talk to you soon!

Cosette




Friday, January 06, 2023

Epiphany and the legend of "La Befana"

January 06, 2023 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today, the 6th of January is the 12th day of Christmas: the feast of the Epiphany. This holiday officially concludes the Catholic Christmas season and commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men. We also take down our Christmas decorations after this day. During the holidays, I took a break from working on true crime cases, but since this is the last day of the festive season, you can expect a new post, and video, very soon!


In Italy, the Epiphany (L'Epifania) is also known as La festa della Befana (The feast of La Befana). In fact, the name Befana is a derivate of the Greek word Epiphaneia. But who is she, and why is she associated with the feast of the Epiphany?


In Italian folklore, La Befana is a wise woman gifted with magical powers. She crosses the skies on her flying broom, bringing presents to the good children like figs, nuts and sweets on the night of the eve of the Epiphany (the 5th). To those who are spoiled, she leaves a piece of coalLa Befana is old and ugly because she represents the end of the year. Also, her broom symbolises sweeping the festivities and the past year away.


La Befana


She fills up children's stockings, just like Santa Claus, however, La Befana has been flying around the world on her broomstick long before him. The witch has been in the Italian tradition at least, since the eighth century, as part of the Epiphany. Because the myth of Father Christmas is known across the world, La Befana is also known as the Christmas Witch.


In Miracle on 34th Street (1994), when Kris tells the little girl his name in other countries, he states that in Italy, his name is La Befana, however, his Italian name is Babbo Natale


La Befana’s origins are colourful and various. In the most common iteration, the Three Wise Men encountered her on their way to Bethlehem. She generously hosted them for an evening in her humble cottage. The next morning, they invited her to accompany them to Bethlehem. The old witch refused, citing too much housework. Later, she had a change of heart and rushed out to join them. But it was too late. 


La Befana now spends eternity on a quest for Baby Jesus, stopping at every home, on the way to deliver the gifts and blessings she otherwise would have left at the manger.


Another theory traces La Befana to the goddess Strenia. Strenia (Strenua) was the Roman goddess of the new year, purification, and well-being. Romans honoured her at the start of each new year by exchanging gifts. To my fellow Maltese readers, this is where we get our own tradition of gifting money at the beginning of the new year, known as L-Istrina. The word comes from the Latin strena, meaning gift of good luck. Not to be confused with the annual fundraising telethon by the same name!


Nobody really knows how the Befana tradition was born. All we know for sure is that it has an unchangeable place in the celebration of Christmas in modern-day Italy.


There are many versions of a popular nursery rhyme (filastrocca) about La Befana known across Italy. Here are the most common two:


Version 1

La Befana vien di notte

con le scarpe tutte rotte

col vestito alla romana:

Viva viva la Befana!


Version 2 

La Befana vien di notte

con le scarpe tutte rotte

con le toppe alla sottana:

Viva, viva la Befana!


English translation:


Version 1

La Befana comes at night

with her broken shoes

with her Roman dress:

Long live la Befana!


Version 2 

La Befana comes at night

with her broken shoes

with patches on the skirt:

Long live la Befana!



Happy feast of the Epiphany to all those who celebrate it!


Talk to you soon.


Cosette





Sunday, January 01, 2023

It's my dog's fourth (4th) birthday! 🎂

January 01, 2023 0 Comments

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!


Today my fur baby turned four! He was his usual happy and playful self and had 2 portions of a delicious home-cooked meal. Today Rascal was pampered by all his favourite humans and had a fun-filled day. He loved being the centre of attention!


I loved this little creature from the first moment his round brown eyes met mine; almost four years ago. I brought him home at only seven weeks old. He will forever have a place in my heart, my house, and my bedroom, where he sleeps in his crate (next to my bed). And now, he also has a place in my room decor, with a few portraits.



Humans and dogs have had a special bond for thousands of years. In fact, human–canine bonding can be traced back to at least 15,000 years ago. For centuries, dogs have been considered man's best friend. 


Here are some quotes that highlight this unbreakable bond:


“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger A. Caras


“They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” – Jerome K. Jerome


“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the centre of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” – Roger A. Caras


“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” – W. Bruce Cameron



“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner


“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman


“The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” – Michel Houellebecq


“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”– Orhan Pamuk


“You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” – Jill Abramson


I hope you enjoyed this post.


Talk to you soon!


Cosette





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