The word "Epiphany" is of Greek origin, means "manifestation"was used by the Christian tradition, to designate the first manifestation of the divinity of Jesus Christ, which occurred in the presence of the Magi.
In popular tradition, however, the word Epiphany, has assumed a different meaning.
In ancient times, in fact, the twelfth night after Christmas, after the winter solstice, celebrated the death and rebirth of nature through the pagan figure of Mother Nature.
On the night of Jan. 6, Mother Nature, tired for having given all his energy during the year, appeared in the form of a kindly old witch, who flew to the skies with a broom. Now dry, Mother Nature was ready to be burnt as a branch, so that he could rise from the ashes as a young girl Nature, a new moon.
Before to die, however, the old woman went to distribute gifts and sweets to all, in order to plant the seeds that would have been born during the year.
The tradition has remained and in this night, childrens waiting for the old woman gfts and sweets.