The calendar shows December 13th - it is Lucia Day or Luca Day.
First of all, I would like to wish a Happy Lucia Day to Lucy who we all know, to Stephen Keeler’s daughter. Dear Lucy! Have you song the traditional Swedish Lucia song to your father yet? Have you received the small Lucia gift from your father today? I hope so. My Christmas cacti are blooming. I am attaching a photo for you all, especially for all Lucy.
There are also certain beliefs associated with Luca Day in Slovakia and Hungary that I would like to share with you.
This day, people start to do weather forecast for the next year. People write down that what the weather is like every day from13th to 24th December. These 12 days symbolize the 12 months of next year. For example, the weather is mild, without rain today, so in January we will expect similar weather – January without hard frost and snow. My mother-in-law also writes notes about weather so it is still an alive custom here.
Another belief that my late grandmother told me is that it was forbidden to sew on this day because Luca would punish that by sewing up the hens so they could no longer lay any eggs. It is a funny old world, isn’t it?
The day of Luca people used to start the process of making the Luca Chair. It looked like a stool – a seat without any support for the back or arms. The stool had to be made of nine different kinds of wood and had to be made slowly, every day a bit right up to Christmas. There is a saying: “Készül, mint Luca széke.” that I will try to translate: It is getting done slowly like Luca’s chair. It was believed that who stood on this chair during Midnight Mass could see if there was a witch present in the church. But after that the chair had to be thrown into the fire because the owner of the Luca Chair would be torn apart by the witches.
Do you like these beliefs, customs? Tell me, what your favourite Christmas tradition is.
Well, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to stay in touch and familiarise you with Luca day’s beliefs. Now I should go serve lunch. I will answer your comments soon. Have a wonderful weekend! Take care,
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