Sunday, 13 December 2009

Happy St.Lucia day

Lucia - EWian
A little St.Lucia parade.

Happy St.Lucia day! I love the Lucia celebrating, it is not about what am I going to get, but what can I do for others.

It is a Scandinavian tradition, alto non of the Scandinavian country's are catholic any more, but Lutheran, it is a custom and tradition that have survived from way back when we where.

For those of you that did not read last years post about how the Lucia day is celebrated, here in Norway, here is a reminder.

Santa Lucia is celebrated on December 13th. It is usually celebrated with a girl dressed in a white gown with a red sash or glitter belt, wearing an evergreen wreath with candles on her head. She is followed by a number of girl attendants, also dressed in white with one candle in there hand. The boys, "star-boys", also participate in the ceremony. They too are dressed in white gowns and they wear pointed hats and a stick with a star on or a light in there hand.

At home:
The Lucia (the oldest girl in the family) wakes up her family by bringing a tray of coffee/tea and sweet-buns called "lussekatter"- translates to Lucia’s Cats. It is also custom to share lussekatter with the closes neighbours if they don’t have children.

Kindergarten:
The oldest children in the kindergarten 5-6 years old have a candlelight parade. They sing carols and give away lussekatter. The younger children and all the parents are invited to come and look at the parade. The parade then goes of to a retirement home, where they sing and give away some more lussekatter. The people there thank the Queen of Light, Lucia, for bringing hope during the darkest time of the year.

Schools:
The youngest children at the school have a candlelight parade. They sing carols and give away lussekatter to the other students.

In some towns:
Offices and communities sponsor candlelight parades in the evening, in which carols are sung.

Hotels
There is often an early Lucia breakfast this day.

Medium used: pencil, watercolour, watersoluble wax pastel, acrylic paint, permanent marker and ink pencil
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