Saint Lucy’s Day, also called the feast of the Saint Lucia, is one of the biggest days in Sweden, were almost every school in the country chooses one “Lucia” and have a small ceremony were they sing the traditional song, “Santa Lucia”. The originally idea of having a blond girl with burning candles in her hair comes from an old Christian tradition. The day is celebrated on December 13, in advent, commemorating Saint Lucy, a martyr under the Diocletian Persecution (the time when the Romans persecuted the Christians during the first 300 years of Christianity).Saint Lucia were, according to legend the one who brought “food and aid to Christians hiding in the catacombs, so the reason she used candle lights in her hair was so she could use her hands free to carry as much food as possible.
Her feast once coincided with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year before the calendar reformed, so her feast day has become a festival of light.
So there are two explanations for the lights in here hair. What makes me want to bring up this is not only that this day is a big event in Sweden but also I want to remember the sacrifices Lucia did for her believes and her religion. She believed in something and was prepared to die for it.
She believed in freedom of choosing for your self and didn’t want to stick to the old traditions. In the same time she was a leader and helped out the poor and the needy. People like this stands out in the history and for sure they make a great impact on me. Sending arrows of blessing, hope, and love to you all, also special warm thoughts to the needy and poor in these days before Christmas.
Sharing pictures when me and my friend baked traditional Swedish “Lusse katter” for this special day.