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It's Lucy's Day

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posted on Dec, 13 2015 @ 12:33 AM

St. Lucy (283-304) was born in Syracuse, Sicily, where she also died. She was of a noble Greek family, and was brought up as a Christian by her mother, who was miraculously cured at the shrine of St. Agatha in Catania. Lucy made a vow of virginity and distributed her wealth to the poor. This generosity stirred the wrath of the unworthy youth to whom she had been unwillingly betrothed and who denounced her to Paschasius, the governor of Sicily. When it was decided to violate her virginity in a place of shame, Lucy, with the help of the Holy Spirit, stood immovable. A fire was then built around her, but again God protected her. She was finally put to death by the sword. Her name appears in the second list in the Canon.

tomorrow (13.12.), Saint Lucy’s Day, is celebrated in Scandinavian countries mainly. to remember her, traditionally a maiden (of a community) is chosen to represent St.Lucy who according to legend had brought food and aid to people in distress. she used a candle-lit wreath which she wore on her head to light the way and still leave her hands free to carry as much food as she could

this tradition is also celebrated in the family circle. the eldest girl in the family wears the candle-lit wreath and so the kids prepare breakfast and carry it to their parents

nowadays of course artificial candles are used. but still not too far back, real candles burned on the wreath and don’t think, they had protected their hair. usually long blond hair straight or curly was worn open to display a festive angelic appearance

but i bet you, put a candle-lit wreath on today's kids and you would have a disaster - no ?

posted on Dec, 13 2015 @ 04:59 AM
Well I did'n't know that. Thanks for sharing.

posted on Dec, 13 2015 @ 07:48 AM
The small town just north of where I grew up always used to celebrate it. Lindsborg had strong Swedish roots.

posted on Dec, 13 2015 @ 02:58 PM
a reply to: ketsuko

yes, it seems it's mainly swedish people in the scandinavian area who celebrate this custom.

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