Thursday, 13 December 2012

Cute Catholic Saints: Santa Lucia

SANTA LUCIA, Saint Lucy, is a virgin martyr from Syracuse, Sicily. In Italy she's often represented holding her eyes on a plate, as to offer them; the palm leaf represents martyrdom.

The name of the saint, Lucia/Lux, means Light, therefore is considered a protector against eye-related trouble. 

 The feast related to Lucia is celebrated on the 13th of December (first of the 12 days of Christmas) and is related to pre-christian solstice rites; in Scandinavia there are a lot of candles involved (Light) while in her native Sicily it's forbidden to eat flour products for the day: you have to stick to rice (like the amazing fried rice-ball called ARANCINA) and other whole grains.

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