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La Befana

La Befana Canada Postage Stamp
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La Befana
Date of Issue
November 13, 1992
Postal Administration
Christmas, Christmas Personages
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
Ashton-Potter Limited.
Designed by Louis Fishauf.
About Stamp
Given the overwhelming popularity of last year's "Santa" Christmas stamps, this year theme will portray four more traditional Yuletide gift-givers from various regions around the world. The four "Santas" being honoured include one each from North America (37¢), Estonia (42¢), Italy (48¢) and Germany (84¢). "La Belfana" of Italy, is a benevolent witch-like woman who rides a broomstick on the eve of Epiphany, January 5, carrying presents for the deserving and charcoal for the erring. After leaving small gifts and consuming snacks left for her, she sweeps the floors with her broom. Italy also enjoys a second gift-giver, Babbo Natale, a Santa figure similar to ours who brings larger or more expensive gifts on Christmas Eve.
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 8, 1992, p. 12, 14.
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