Day at Christmas Time...
tradition of celebrating Saint Lucia in Denmark
originates from southern Sweden - and is honoured and celebrated
annually on 13th December. The total darkness
of the Lucia early morning is broken by the glow of the Lucia
figure dressed in a flowing gown of white and afire with a
wreath of candles upon her head. The Lucia
bride - as she is known is a creature of goodness
and light. She is a shining angel illuminating the way to
the Christmas season all over Scandinavia.
- it is popularly associated with a legend of a white-clad
maiden - wearing a crown of burning candles.
She appeared bringing food to starving villagers during a
time of famine. Ever since - she has been associated with
light. A lucky girl dressed in a long white gown with a red
sash and a crown of candles leads the procession
Lucia celebration originates from the Middle Ages
- when December 13th was the longest
night of the year according to the Julian calendar.
Today - the Lucia tradition is played out most often in the
schools - churches - institutions
and places of work before the dawn.
Santa Lucia song is a traditional Neapolitan song
- and was published at Naples in 1849. In
Denmark the "Santa Lucia" song has been given Danish
lyrics to accommodate it to the winter-light festival of Saint
Lucy - at the darkest time of the year.
first Lucia procession - with a white candle bride - was celebrated
on December 13. 1944 in the darkest period
of the year - and during the darkest period in Danish history
- when the Nazi regime occupied Denmark.