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    Glad Lucia! Happy Saint Lucy’s Day

    Even as it's Friday the 13th ... Happy Saint Lucy's Day to all of you here !


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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Even as it's Friday the 13th ... Happy Saint Lucy's Day to all of you here !



    Thank you. Happy Saint Lucy's Day to you too, and everyone!

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    Lussi Langnatt (Luci Long-night), the night between the 12th and 13th of December was considered the most dangerous night of the year in older times in Norway.

    The celebration of Lucia is a mix between two traditions. From the 1200's, winter solstice happened on the 13th of December and was therefore the longest night according to the Roman calendar.

    But Lussi Langnatt was a magical night full of superstition and nastiness, a night where you best stay indoors. The Yule period started on this and it was important that people were getting prepared for the holidays.

    The wight (Vette) Lussi would appear as night approached on the 12th, she was said to have a tremendous temper. Pity on you if you were not getting prepared for Yule/Christmas, she could become so furious she'd come down the chimney and into the house, or simply just tear apart your chimney in its entirety.

    Her white, twisted face could also be seen pressed against the window, and if she didn't like what she was saying, you could get a warning: "No brewing, no baking, not having a great fire!!" ("Inkje bryggja, inkje baga, inkje store eld hava!!")

    The night between the 12th and 13th was also the only day of the year where the animals talked to each other. It happened around midnight, when the humans were inside the house after beingdone with all their chores in the barn. The barn came alive and all the gossip the animals had picked up during the year was discussed.

    Old traditions not only tell of Lussi, but also Åsgårdsreia (The wild hunt), the yule goat, nisser (Gnomes, tomter), which all were guardians who made sure all the chores were being performed at the right time.

    They were commonly described as dark powers (At least in the Christian times), and for most people the habit of making sure light would win over darkness was a strong tradition.

    The experience of the dark of winter around Lucia is said to have made a stronger impression the further north one came and is part of the explanation why we have this folklore in Norway and other places.

    The longest night of the year may symbolized the relationship between light and dark in the world, where the winter solstice is the sign that light wins over darkness.

    The saffron buns (Lussekatt) which is traditional pastry for this tradition is a good example of that. The saffron they are baked with symbolises the Sun and the color of light, and the spiral shapes are old sun and life symbols with traditions dating back to ancient times.

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    In the bronze age (1800-500 B.C.) the myth of the sun could often be expressed through symbols on items and therefore the symbols were put in direct connection to the sun.


    The saint of the winter solstice in Christianity is Lucia, which appears with light. Lucia was a young women who led the martyr death of 13th of December in the year 303. She gave her entire fortune to the Christians who were persecuted by the emperor, and lived in hiding inside the catacombs in Rome. It's said the wreath of light she wears on the head were made because she wanted to have her hands free when she was navigating into the dark passageways. Lucia is the saint of light and the name means "the glowing".

    On the 13th of December every year Lucia is remembered both in the Western and Eastern church. She's celebrated with a feast of light in the darkest month of the year, especially in Italy and Sweden, but also in the rest of Scandinavia and other places in Europe.

    The song Santa Lucia is still popular in Sicily and in Scandinavia and her day of remembrance is also marked on the Norwegian runic calendar (Primstav).

    The Siracusa cathedral, an amazing basilica inside an ancient temple, contains a chapel devoted to Lucia. It has a crowned silver statue with palm branches and and oil lamp.

    https://forskning.no/partner-jul-kul...-i-aret/806041
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_goat
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wight
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisse_(folklore)

    Happy Lucia.

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    Finland's 2019 Lucia is dark haired.








    She comes from Ostrobothnia.

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    Jonna Jinton published this beautiful video yesterday to celebrate Lucia.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vittra View Post
    Jonna Jinton published this beautiful video yesterday to celebrate Lucia.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9f6zxo6X0s
    Interesting way to use polar outdoor candles (making holes on snow).

    Christmas postcard ... Åland island's Lucia front of Kastelholm's slott (Swedes built it 14th century)


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    St. Lucia’s Day

    In Sweden St. Lucia's Day was formerly marked by some interesting practices. It was, so to speak, the entrance to the Christmas festival, and was called “little Yule.”

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