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The Deee Day – December 13th

Actually the exact meaning of “ de day” is not appropriate in this occasion.  I have just put the name  to get a punch in the heading.

I wanna discuss about St .Lucy day which would be celebrated on December 13th mainly by the Scandinavians.  This is  a traditional form of festival in Scandinavia.   It is also celebrated in Sweden Denmark Latvia Estonia Norway Finland Malta Italy Bosnia Iceland Bavaria and Croatia..

140px-SantaLuccia Saint Lucy

Its the fest of St. Lucy.  In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets.  There will be a ceremony on December 13th and a girl will be selected to portray Lucy.  She will be wearing a white long gown and a red ribbon.  She will be having long hairs and she will be the beautiful girl like our miss world or so.  She will be having a crown of seven candles on her head.  She walks at the head of a procession of women, each holding a candle.  The candles symbolize the fire that refused to take St. Lucia’s life when she was sentenced to be burned.  The girl sings a song and after her the procession sing more songs about Lucy.

images The girl who will be selected to portray St.Lucy

December 13th is a public holiday in this modern era.  Nowadays they have public processions in cities.  On the day of 13th Schools elect a Lucia and her maids among the students and a national Lucia is elected on national television from regional winners. The regional Lucias’ will visit shopping malls, old people’s homes and churches, singing and handing out ginger biscuits. Lucia Buns are very famous which is a kind of pastry.

180px-Saffron_bun_20051213_001 Lucia Buns

On December 13th in London people mainly the Scandinavians and the Swedish gather in St.Paul’s cathedral. The ceremony will start by 5.30pm .The lights will be off and the girl who will be selected to portray Lucy walk in  to the darkness with the candles in head.

It will be a nice experience to the new comers of London!!!!