Thursday, December 13, 2012

Countdown, Day 13: Saint Lucy's Day



Lucy's day is dedicated to Santa Lucia, a young Sicilian girl martyred in 304 during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian.
 The Neopolitan celebration grew popular in Nordic countries, perhaps because the feast of Lucia (whose name means "light")
 originally fell on the shortest (darkest) day of the year.
 
Lucia procession in Sweden, 2007
 image~wikipedia
 
In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. In some forms, a procession is led by one girl wearing a crown of candles while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.
 
In at-home celebrations, the eldest daughter of the family rises in the very early morning dark to bake saffron buns.
Then, wearing a white dress with a red sash, she brings breakfast trays of coffee, freshly-baked buns and candle lights
to family members still asleep in their beds.
 
 Today, elected Lucias visit shopping malls, nursing homes and churches
while singing and handing out pepparkakor (clove-cinnamon-ginger cookies).
 
Happy St. Lucy's!
 
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5 comments:

Hanne Bente said...

Good morning Becky
Beautiful picture showing Santa Luciadag.
Today 13 years ago I accepted a small "lucia girl" a grandchild - a little special.
Wish you a good day :)

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

What ... breakfast in bed? I will be your Lucy, if you will be mine. :)

Fondly,
Glenda

tammy j said...

you've brought back one of my favorite memories.
in highschool in my senior year ~ our foreign exchange student was a wonderful swedish girl who became my best friend.
she brought her white dress and red sash and beautiful head wreath of electric candles with her. we got up early the morning of santa lucia and took my mother coffee and a sweet bun! i followed behind in a white nightie holding one candle. (my dad was on duty so not home). would not be so sure of his welcome at dark before dawn anyway! lol. super super early because we had school to get ready for afterward! but my mother was so lovely about it all. and it meant a lot to margareta. i think she was feeling a bit homesick then.
a lovely memory and tradition. thanks. xo

raisingahappyfamily-momof8 said...

I did not know this! i only knew St Lucy was the patron saint for eyes...thanks for the lesson!

Dimple said...

When my daughter was very young her preschool participated in Santa Lucia's Day. The little girls were precious!