Today it is the perfectly timed Scandinavia Santa Lucia celebration, and the American School of the Hague, with its large Scandinavian community is putting on a show . I also say perfect because this afternoon, I head north (nordic north for the first time ever) for a relaxing, albeit cold weekend in Copenhagen with my friend, I’ll try to tweet if I can!
Saint Lucy (Santa Lucia, 283 – 304) was a wealthy young Christian martyr who is venerated as a saint by both Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox Christians. Her feast day in the West is 13 December, by the unreformed Julian calendar the longest night of the year; with a name derived from lux, lucis “light”.
She is the patron saint of those who are blind. Saint Lucy is one of the very few saints celebrated by members of the Lutheran Church among the Scandinavian peoples.
It is celebrated in Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Finland, Malta, Italy, Bosnia, Iceland, Bavaria and Croatia. In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. It is one of the few saint days observed in Scandinavia. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.
Now I’ll give you the summary upfront – it was ALL sweet stuff, save for …..
One savory tart! No one, least of all me, was complaining!
Cakes were everywhere, in every form. Wholesome;
Festive and gaily decorated.
Breads were in no short supply either; you can imagine all the cinnamon and cardamom scents, wafting and permeating the air.
And so were cookies.
And loads of stalls, with goods for sale! Cute angels…
And bear pate! Yes, bear pate. And no, I didn’t buy it.
And Christmas decorations….cute and cheerful. Nice, warm sweaters, mulled wine aka Glogg.
This nice guy told me more about Santa Lucia.
By the time the procession made it to the room, I was sated….and I hadn’t had anything to eat yet. Honest. Too busy taking photos.
Fantastic morning and now I need to dash…or I’ll miss my flight.
See you soon! Back sunday!