This day was supposed to be my grandmother’s 100th birthday, if she did not passed away two years ago.
Information about Sta. Lucia’s Celebration according to Catholic Culture website.
St. Lucy (Lucia) feast day brings numerous distinctive sorts of festivals in different nations. Her devour is likewise tied in with the festival of light and winter, as her name means light and her devour day initially agreed with the winter solstice, which denoted the most brief day of the year.
In Croatia: It is a Croatian custom to plant the Christmas wheat on the dining experience of St. Lucy. Plant the seeds into a little dish of soil, and spot the dish in a tolerably warm room, keeping it watered. By Christmas Eve the new shoots of wheat ought to be around 8 inches of a delicate green. The wheat then can be put beside the trough or lodging scene as a blessing to Jesus and an update to us of the Eucharist which sustains our souls furthermore as the staff of life which feeds all of humanity. It can likewise be utilized a table enrichment, with a flame set in the inside.
In Italy: Santa Lucia is commended all over Italy. Sicilians still honor Santa Lucia’s intercession amid an extreme starvation in 1582. Supernaturally, ships loaded with grain showed up in the harbor on December 13. The individuals were hungry to the point that they didn’t take the time to crush the grain into flour yet heated up the grains promptly. Sicilians decline to consume anything made of wheat flour during the current day, which means renouncing pasta and bread. Rather they consume a most well known dish called cuccia which is made with bubbled entire wheat berries, ricotta and sugar.
In Lombardy and Veneto, goose is consumed on this day, and it is Santa Lucia who brings the presents to kids, not Father Christmas or Befana. She goes on a jackass on the eve of December 13, and kids leave dishes of milk and carrots and feed to draw in the hungry jackass and verify Santa Lucia stops at their home.
Sweden: This is an extraordinary blowout day in Sweden, called Luciadagen. It is a period respected convention to have the most established young lady in the family wearing a white dress and red scarf and tights. She has a wreath crown with white lighted candles. At first light she awakens of the family with steaming espresso and Lussekatter (saffron buns), or some other most loved sweet moves or bread.
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