If you thought January diets were hard to stick to, spare a thought for the Italians.
6th January marks the date of the Epiphany, a much-celebrated feast day in Italy.
Yep, that means Italians are all geared up for yet another great festive meal together.
Families gather for the Epiphany to celebrate the date on which it is said Jesus was discovered to be the son of God.
Throughout the night, children can expect a visit from La Befana.
She may not be much to look at, but she is much loved in Italy. Flying from house to house on a broom, she leaves a small gift for well-behaved children and a lump of coal for the naughty ones.
Where Santa Clause may be left milk and biscuits/cookies, La Befana is left a left a glass of wine. And as a thank you, she even sweeps the floor for you on the way out.
On the 6th January around Italy, expect much fanfare to celebrate this special feast day.
In Florence, there is the “Cavalcata dei Magi”, the procession of the Three Wise Men that crosses through the city.
In Rome, there is also a historical parade from St Peter’s Square featuring the Three Wise Men. Events for families will also be held in Piazza Navona throughout the day. Other events are being held around the city, including a lights show in Piazza del Popolo and family activities at the Rome Zoo.
6th January officially marks the end of the festive season.
But to stave off any end-of-holiday blues, there is some good news. The big after-Christmas sales start on the 7th January!