St. Lucy’s Day – festival of light

Martyr and bringer of light

The historical figure Lucy of Syracuse was the daughter of a wealthy family who lived at the time of the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians. While this persecution caused many of her fellow believers to flee to the city’s catacombs, she was lucky enough to be able to practise her faith secretly under the protection of her influential family. Nevertheless she rallied to help her persecuted brothers and sisters in faith, bringing supplies to the catacombs every day in order to provide the Christians who had fled with their basic needs. To be able to carry more, she put a crown of candles on her head. This meant that she had both hands free and still had light to illuminate the darkness of the catacombs. Plans that she should marry put an end to her charitable work: She had consecrated her virginity to Christ, but the man to whom she was promised did not agree. He denounced her as a Christian and she was sentenced to death for her beliefs.

As a martyr who is still celebrated today as a bringer of light, she is depicted particularly by a Swedish custom as a little girl in a white dress with a crown of lights who goes from house to house in the night before St. Lucy’s day to wake those who sleep and give them sustenance.

Light in the dark winter

But the legend of the crown of candles is not the only reason why Lucy is seen as a bringer of light. Before the calendar was reformed by Pope Gregory XIII in the 16th century, the feast day of St. Lucy coincided with the Winter Solstice – from St. Lucy’s Day onward, the days finally started to get longer. And back then, like now, light played an important role for humanity. Daylight was particularly precious before artificial lighting was invented, and even today it is essential for our sense of well-being. But thanks to modern lighting, nowadays it’s possible to bring pleasant light to the dark time of year: The high-quality products from luxuni show just how stylish yet energy-saving lighting can be. Thanks to modern lights like the innovative vosLED light bulb from vosla, the days of cold halogen lighting, dim energy-saving lamps and bulbs that devour electricity are thankfully finally numbered: vosLED contains numerous energy-saving micro LEDs arranged in a row like pearls on a string in order to imitate the filament of a light bulb. The light emitted is soft, warm and pleasant, thus dispelling the cold darkness of winter.

In her function as a bringer of light, St. Lucy is a glimmer of hope in dark times, a quiet promise that the light will return. Maybe that’s why this festival captures people’s imaginations in a special way, prompting numerous people – not just in Sweden – to don white clothes on the 13th of December in memory of the Lucy, the virgin martyr. And if you need a little more light in the dark winter weeks ahead: Take a look in our Lighting & lamps section and discover tasteful designer lamps and lighting that will add a bright glow to your home.

We wish you a bright and beautiful winter!


Posted on 13.12.2015

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