This is Saint Lucia’s Day for Scandinavians.
It features special treats that are handed out by a girl wearing a crown of candles, Lucia coming from the Latin for light, LUX.
Saint Lucia was an early Christian martyr from Syracuse on Sicily, but her official feast day, December 13, fit perfectly with the local pagan celebration of the Lussi on December 13, which was the Winter Solstice at the time. Yep, more cover to continue the fun mid-winter celebrations by pretending they are associated with Christianity to get the Church off everyone’s case.
December 13, 2012 Comments Off