Tomorrow is Lucia!

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Tomorrow we( my family, my school, Finland…) will celebrate Lucia, a special celebration and tradition.

 Here’s the story:

Lucia was a martyr, and her ‘job’ was to bring food and goods, and take care of poor and Christian people hiding during the Roman Empire Diocletian. She would try to bring as many things as possible at once, using only her two hands, but needed light to see, as well. She fixed this problem of not seeing, by wearing a wreath of candles on her head, as her light to guide her to the people. The Roman Empire thought she was a witch, and had her burnt to death around AD303.

The tradition is, that the oldest daughter in the family will wake early in the morning of December 13th, and bring coffee and buns to her family. She is dressed in a long white gown, (just a plain dress, nothing fancy), with a red sash wrapped around her, representing Lucia giving up her life, and a crown or wreath of candles, like Lucia did.

Today Lucia is celebrated in schools, at homes, and Sweden even has a lady be Sweden’s Lucia, in the country of Sweden’s Lucia celebration! 

This celebration happens in all of Europe, but especially in Scandinavia, on December 13th. Why on December 13th? Well, if I understand right, Dec.13th used to be thought of as the longest day of the year, and because of that, it is the day that is used to celebrate Lucia’s life and what she did. This celebration isn’t necessarily for a ‘certain’ religion, but it’s more like a traditional event, celebrated for it’s sentimental value.

Here’s a picture of OUR family’s Lucia this year, Angelina!

 

Angelina Lucia

Angelina Lucia

 
 
Lucia usually has a ‘group of maidens’ (right words?) following behind her, and they all sing for their ‘audience’ or the people they are visiting.  I don’t have time to put pictures of OURS today, I will tomorrow after school, if I have time! ( I have to be AT school tomorrow at 7:30, to practise for our school’s Lucia……. :-))
 
Here’s a link to a video of Lucia, from Sweden. (The most famous for celebrating Lucia country…)
 
 
So nice!

The night is dark now

‘Round house and cottage

Round Earth that Sun forgave

Shadows are lowing

~~~

 

Then in our house we see,

White robed and light in hair,

Sankta Lucia,

Sankta Lucia

~~~

 

Then in our house we see,

White robed and light in hair,

Sankta Lucia,

Sankta Lucia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. On the way to Minneapolis right now…we stopped over night at a hotel in chicago-the same one we went to with taru and lee. Tired right now, really tired…we are on the computers, doing nothing….you know…..so, don’t you leave to gallinvara, like, today or tomorrow? Anyways, maybe I’ll go now….

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