Who was Saint Lucy? Saint Lucy, or Santa Lucia was a young girl who lived in about 300 CE. She was killed by Roman soldiers about fifteen hundred years ago for refusing to give up her religion. She brought food in a time of famine, hundreds of years ago. Now she is associated with both light in the darkness and sight
This day is celebrated in Sweden ...but also in other countries, such as Italy and France. It’s celebrated on the shortest and darkest day of the year (December 13 th) In many villages in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark, the Festival of Santa Lucia is a national holiday.
What do they do to celebrate?AT HOME... The oldest girl in the family dresses up in white robes tied with a red sash and wears a wreath with candles. Sisters wear wreaths and belts of tinsel, and brothers may wear hats with stars on them. They bring coffee and buns to the family
OUTSIDE… There are processions in Sweden. The girls and boys bring cakes and coffee to homes, hospitals, factories, and offices. They sing songs in choirs. Because Saint Lucia was an Italian, her day is also celebrated in Italy. There people honor her day with bonfires and parades