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The Feast of St. Lucy

On December 13 is the feast day of St. Lucy who was a virgin martyr dating back to the earliest centuries of Christianity. She has become so well-known that she is among the saints mentioned by name in the Roman Canon of the Mass and is only one of seven female saints listed.

The name Lucia means “light”. Her feast day is always celebrated with torches, candles, and bonfires. In some Catholic cultures particularly in Scandinavia, it’s usual to have a Mass procession on St. Lucy’s feast day where young girls carry candles and the lead girl wears a wreath of lights.

This is also celebrated in Latvia and in Latvian known as Lucijas Diena or Lucy’s Day with the same tradition of light wreaths as mentioned. For those women whose name is Lucija or Lucy, it is their day to celebrate their Name’s Day.

It is traditional to have sweet treats on St. Lucy’s Day such as St. Lucy’s bread. This is a braided type of sweet bread specially baked for this occasion.

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