St. Lucy’s day

Lussekatt and marzipan :)

Lussekatt and marzipan 🙂

Yesterday was St Lucy’s day. Here is some of the things Wikipedia has to say about the day:

Saint Lucy’s Day is on 13 December, in Advent. Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day has become a festival of light.[1][2] St. Lucy’s Day is celebrated most commonly inScandinavia, with their long dark winters, where it is a major feast day, and in Italy, with each emphasizing a different aspect of the story.

In Scandinavia, where Lucy is called Lucia, she is represented by a person dressed in a white dress and red sash with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In both Norway and Sweden, girls (or sometimes boys) dressed as Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung. It is said that to vividly celebrate St. Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.

I did not walk around with a white dress or candles all day, but I did go to the bakery and got myself a “lussekatt” a safon bun that is the traditional pastry for the holiday. I also enjoyed some of the marzipan we made last week.

Today I’m going to my parents place to eat a Norwegian christmas dish called Lutefisk, this litterally means lye fish, and it it actually just that. Dispite the weirdness it tastes really good.

Hope you all are enjoying a good advent-weekend.

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17 thoughts on “St. Lucy’s day

  1. dweezer19 says:

    Wonderful traditions…not so sure about that lye fish though. 😉 Enjoy your holidays! Thanks for the information on St. Lucy’s Day.

  2. ghostmmnc says:

    I’ve been reading a few of your Christmas memories posts and about traditions you observe this time of year. Traditions make everything seem more meaningful. I’ve heard of St. Lucy’s day. I used to have a pen pal from Sweden, and she told me about the celebration with the candles wreath on the children’s heads during the procession. She even sent pictures of her daughter. I love that tradition, but always wondered how they kept from burning their hair! … Well, I do wish you and yours a wonderful, peaceful Christmas season! 🙂

  3. […] is Saint Lucy’s Day and after a hectic week with work and Christmas concerts I had a very quiet day. I went for a walk […]

  4. Sue Vincent says:

    Enjoy the festivities 🙂

  5. Your posts are very informative about Norwegian culture. Very interesting.

  6. You are welcome. Have a lovely day.

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