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Lucia Girl withCandle, 5 inch high.
Santa Lucia's coming begins feasting, merriment, singing and the spirit of friendliness and goodwill that lasts throughout the Holiday season.In all the Scandinavian countries, Lucy (called Lucia) it is venerated on December 13 in a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray Lucia. Wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of 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. According to legend, Lucia was a medieval saint who carried food and drink to hungry folk in the province of Varmland during a period of famine. She was seen across Lake Vanern with her white gown and crown of lights. The Lucia legend is said to have originated in Sicily. There are many legends, but in each one Lucia'stands for the symbol of light and hope to all mankind.