Festivals and Events in Venice
January to March

January

Lido beach on New Years Day for fun and festivities.

Festivals in Venice

Regatta delle Befane is held on the Feast of Epiphany. The traditional La Befana is all part of the Italian Christmas celebrations, the 12th day of Christmas when the 3 wise men arrived bearing gifts for Jesus.

Festivals in Venice

Italians wait for La Befana, the witch who fills the stockings of the children with presents, only the bad children receive lumps of coal instead. Legend has it that the 3 Wise Men stopped to ask her for directions and asked her to join them but she said no. Later, a shepherd also asked her but once again she said no. When she later saw the shinning star in the sky, she went to join the 3 wise Men and the shepherd, taking gifts that once belonged to her own dead child. She never got there and was never to be seen again.

Festivals in Venice

It is said that the 11th night every year, La Befana flies around taking presents to the children and hoping that she will one time see the baby Jesus.

Festivals in Venice

The Italians celebrate La Befana everywhere but the largest celebration is in Venice with boat races on the Grand Canal. The participants, all men, dress as La Befana and race from Palazzo Bilbo to the Rialto Bridge.

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February

Venice goes into overdrive when The Venice Carnival is held, starting on Ash Wednesday and finishes on Shrove Tuesday.

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