That was the beginning of the La Befana tradition. From then on, every year on the night of January 5th La Befana travels on her magic broom in search of the baby Jesus. Like Santa she climbed down chimneys and brought candy or fruit to the children who were good and onions or garlic to those who were naughty. Many children would write letters and leave out wine, in hope to get a visit from La Befana.
La Befana is celebrated with traditional Italian foods such as panettone (a Christmas cake) and marks the end of the long and festive holiday season in Italy.