December 13

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Today is the day for the singing about  saint “Lucia”.

6 comments so far

  1. Tammy on

    I shall run off to scour the internet and learn more!

    • Giiid on

      Hi Tammy, so nice to see your comment.
      I should have posted some links, sorry, but now I´ll re-post this text which I wrote some years ago. Since it is history, it should be OK to use it again without any updates. 🙂

      The tradition is connected to the longest night of the year, which was the night between 12th and 13th December in the old Julian calender system. With the Gregorian calender system that is used today, the longest night is between 21th and 22th December.

      We didn´t use Lucia processions before around 1940 in Denmark, the inspiration came from Sweden which have been celebrating this night for centuries. There is stories from the 1700 century, telling about white dressed women, almost looking like angels, who turned up in the night with food and light, while singing.

      One can imagine how a long dark night could cause worries of many kind, and that an angel with light would be welcome

      The name of this day is Santa Lucia, a virgin from sicily in Italy who in the year 304 were martyred. She gave her life to God and helped the poor. A traditionel Lucia procession will be a lot of white dressed children with lights, led by the Lucia bride who offers small cakes. In Sweden they have named the small cakes “Lussebread”.

  2. Reggie on

    What a beautiful tradition, Birgitte.

    • Giiid on

      Yes it is, it comes from Sweden.

  3. TheDailyClick on

    I remember these pictures! I think we both posted about IKEA that day LOL
    …..and now I want to go to IKEA!! 😛

    • Giiid on

      There are always a good reason for visiting IKEA 🙂

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