Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sankta Lucia-celebration 13 December

♥ Today We Celebrate Sankta Lucia with candle in the Hair Spreading Love and Peace ♥
White gowns, stars and candles

The real candles once used are now often battery-powered, but there is still a special atmosphere when the lights are dimmed and the sound of the children singing grows as they enter from an adjacent room.

Tradition has it that Lucia is to wear ‘light in her hair’, which in practice means a crown of electric candles in a wreath on her head. Each of her handmaidens carries a candle, too. Parents gather in the dark with their mobile cameras at the ready.

The star boys, who like the handmaidens are dressed in white gowns, carry stars on sticks and have tall paper cones on their heads. The brownies bring up the rear, carrying small lanterns.

In SwedenFinlandDenmark, the Faroe Islands, and Norway, "Santa Lucia" has been given various lyrics to accommodate it to the winter-light festival of Saint Lucy, at the darkest time of the year. The three most famous lyrics versions in Swedish are Luciasången, also known by its incipitSankta Lucia, ljusklara hägring (“Saint Lucy, bright illusion”); Natten går tunga fjät (“The night walks with heavy steps”); and the 1970s "kindergarten" version, Ute är mörkt och kallt (“Outside it’s dark and cold”). The more common Norwegianversion is Svart senker natten seg ("Black the night descends").
#luciafirande   #sanktalucia   #13ofdecember   #swedishtradition  

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