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Befane Regatta – The Witches Race
From: 2014.01.06 To: 2014.01.06
On the 12th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me: men dressed as witches on gondolas and a partridge in a pear tree. Or something like that. In celebration of Befane – the lady whom gave the Three Wise Men directions to a famous stable but declined their invitation to join them for the birth of the year – fifty rowing men dress up as 'Epiphany Witches' and race from San Tomà to Rialto Bridge. The finish line is marked by a huge stocking, which is just one of many stockings put out throughout Venice in anticipation of having them filled with sweets or charcoal by Befane, depending on how well one has behaved in the preceding year.