The celeration of St. Lucia Day resembles a combination of Christian and pagan traditions. Its pagan part stems from an old legend about a dangerous Lussy who roamed across Norway with trolls during the longest and darkest night, they checked whether people were preparing for Christmas and punished those who were not. Not to come across the evil creatures, people stayed at home during the night on the 12th of December. Today, the feast is more about light than darkness. On the 13th of December Norwegian children organize school processions, they dress in white clothes, carry candles, sing a song to Saint Lucia, and hand out festive treats called lussekatt buns. The parades are led by a fair-haired girl with candles in her wreath who represents Saint Lucia, as the Saint fastened a candle to her head to free her hands while she visits hospitals and senior houses to give out lussekatt buns. Even though today Christian tradition prevails, many people still regard the night between 12th and 13th of December as an ominous one and do not let their children out.
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