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La Befana

Title

La Befana

Denomination

48¢

Date of Issue

November 13, 1992

Year

Quantity

11,000,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Christmas, Christmas Personages

Series Time Span

1992

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

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.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 8, 1992, p. 12, 14.

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