Monday, December 13, 2010

Advent Eight: Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia's day is celebrated on December 13 and I've broken the fiction that my Advent posts relate to their number rather than the date I've actually got around to writing it to document it. For why? I'll tell you why: Crown of Candles.

The crown of candles seems to be a Swedish thing, but the day is celebrated, often as a festival of lights, throughout Scandinavia, and also in Malta and, unsurprisingly, on the island of Saint Lucia.

Obviously this would have been brilliant for my Hallowe'en saints costume ideas posts. Presumably one extinguishes the candles before doing anything other than stand still and sing, especially at the time of year when people hang decorations off ceilings in an attempt to strangle me.
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