Today is Saint Lucia’s day here in Sweden, a day we protestant swedes (I guess that now days also all children of any religion participate in this) celebrate a catholic saint. It started at a mansion here in the part of Sweden I live (Västergötland) 1764. Very strange really since we swedes back then looked down at anything coming from a catholic country. Well we looked down at people having any other religion than Lutheran protestantism to be honest. They might have been inspired by a German tradition that had absolutely nothing to do with Saint Lucia.
Lucia processions starts early all over the country and I better show You a video what it’s like. But Lucia walks in the front and she is followed by her maids. After them comes Star Boys and if children are involved Ginger bread men and gnomes also follows. Saint Stephanus is usually participating as well. They visit schools, working places, nursing homes and so on singing Yule songs. Everyone drinks coffee and eats ginger breads and Lusse kittens 🙂 The Lucia procession You’ll see in the video is a Swedish Lucia procession in Barcelona.
But there was of course a pagan/folklore background before Lucia arrived. This day was considered to to have the longest night of the year and lots of magical beings were out running tonight. Therefore most people stayed indoors after sunset because who wanted to be taken by trolls or perhaps wood nymphs? All Yule preparations had to be finished today or one would be punished in the most gruesome way.
The one all were most afraid of was Lussi or the Lussi hag. She was an evil female demon flying around in the sky and if children had misbehaved she might go down the chimney to bring them with her. She usually had a gang with her called Lussiferda. But in this region, Västergötland, Lussi was a man called Lussegubben (Lusse man) and later he got connected with Lucifer.
It must be tough outside because Doris jumped in ton the garden as soon as I had placed the food on the plate, normally she waits half an hour or so. I can see that she has lost some weight and I gave her rather much food both yesterday and today. I can’t see her daughter though, I do hope nothing has happened to her. It’s time for me to have something to eat as well. The fire is burning in the stove and tonight I’ll have cocoa because I don’t have any tea or coffee at home 🙂
Have a great day!