St. Lucy was a famous Christian saint who was a martyr. In the Italian language, Saint Lucy is called “Santa Lucia.” She is the patron saint of the city of Syracuse and virgins. Romans killed St. Lucia because she took an oath to remain a virgin.
Saint Lucy was from a wealthy Sicilian family. She was against marriage and wanted to remain a virgin. The Romans forced her into prostitution, but Saint Lucy became immovable, and no one could carry her. She was sentenced to death by fire, but flames couldn’t burn her. Then her neck was sliced by a sharp sword, and she died.
How St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated?
In honor of Santa Lucia, on December 13, St. Lucia’s Day, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” is celebrated in Sweden, Norway.
Young girls dress in white color and wear garlands made with the light on their heads, and boys wear white pajamas. They sing traditional songs. Santa Lucia’s day is supposed to bring light and hope.
Foods and Decorations:
Families celebrate St. Lucia’s Day by dressing their eldest daughter in white color. Then the daughter serves coffee and baked goods that include saffron bread and ginger biscuits to the family members.
Visitors are also given traditional foods. St. Lucia Day was celebrated by lighting up bonfires which were meant to scare off the evil spirits. The festival symbols the start of Christmas.