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 By: Paul de Beukelaar  
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Photographer Paul de Beukelaar  Paul de Beukelaar {Karma:26449}
Project #62 Equal and Opposite Camera Model Nikon D90
Categories Historical
Film Format Digital JPEG
Portfolio Lens AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-200
Uploaded 12/15/2008 Film / Memory Type JPEG
    ISO / Film Speed 3200
Views 415 Shutter 1/125
Favorites Aperture f/5.6
Critiques 26 Rating
/ 8 Ratings
Location City -  Stavanger
Country - Norway   Norway
About Lucia Day -- 13 December -- Festival of Lights
Who will be Miss Santa Lucia this year?
The left hand is encouraging the winner as the right hand is protecting the loser during this Sainta Lucia Contest.

Optional some historical background of this celebration, as separate from Christmas still to come.

For over 1,000 years, Christians in Scandinavia have celebrated Saint Lucy, symbolizing both the enduring spiritual light of faith and the return of the sun's physical light. The current Lucia day tradition began over 100 years ago in Sweden’s wealthier farming districts and has spread through much of Scandinavia.

In recent years, the Lucia tradition very popular in Sweden has become more of a public celebration, and some sort of a Miss Beauty (S)election, now popular in all Scandinavian countries. There are processions and contests in almost every school and town. There are processions in hospitals, offices, factories -- -- even on SAS flights!

The celebration of Santa Lucia in Scandinavia has ancient roots in distant places. According to apocryphal writings, the original Lucia was a beautiful, well-born maiden in Sicily during the early days of Christian persecution under the Roman Emperor Diocletian. A Christian convert, Lucia is said to have carried food to fellow Christians who hid from persecutors in the dark catacombs, lighting her way with a crown of candles. In 304 AD, she was martyred for her belief on the day of the winter solstice, December 13th according to the Julian calendar then in use. Her body was taken to Constantinople and later Venice, where her bones reside at the Church of Santa Lucia.

Death, however, proved to be a catalyst for her fame. Lucia is mentioned in Roman writings and in an inscription at Syracuse dating from 400 AD, less than one hundred years after her death. Far from fading with time, her veneration among Christians grew and spread abroad: two churches founded before the 8th century in Britain are known to have been dedicated to Saint Lucy at a time when the populace there was more pagan than Christian. Some historians hypothesize that Viking invaders may have brought back the Lucia custom to Sweden where it took hold.

To this day, some Scandinavians believe that midnight on December 13th is a time when miracles happen.

For Scandinavian Christians, Lucia symbolizes hope and light in the coming birth of Christ, the Light of the World. The name Lucy actually means "light" and she is sometimes referred to as the Queen of Light. The Lucia maiden’s lighted crown and even the yellow saffron buns, are also symbols of light. She inevitably became associated with the eyes, the "light" of the body. Lucia Day was also intertwined with the far older light-and-fire Yuletide customs from the pre-Christian era. In addition to its religious associations, the festival represents the returning of the sun as days begin to get longer. The renewed sense of faith, hope and growth that the Lucia festival brings is welcome indeed in a land where daylight hours are scarce at this time of the year!

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There are 26 Comments in 1 Pages
Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 1/3/2009
Chère Ania. Glad to hear from you that you liked the photo and the background story.


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 1/3/2009
Merci Jacques,
bonne année à toi et ta famille,
voyager à 6 cela nécessite (restant au Canada), la location d'un autocar entier, l'embauche d'un nounou et la mobilisation d'un guide etc, etc.
Pour aller en europe: Il faut presque penser à organiser "un charter flight" et négocier une réduction à l'agence de voyage en tant que bon client :-)


Ania Blazejewska Ania Blazejewska   {K:23981} 12/29/2008
beautiful image and very interesting "about" dar Paul
my best regards


jacques brisebois   {K:73883} 12/28/2008
J'ai des amis en France, et c'est sûrement une des destinations que j'aimerais visité dans un avenir pas trop lointain... Mais il demeure que voyager en Europe à 6 c'est assez dispendieux :)


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/28/2008
Merci Stan, Happy celebrations all these special days and wishing you good reflections in light ... and good reflexions about our past and future,
all the best,


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/28/2008
Salut Aziz,
de rien.
Enjoy your holidays and happy new year,
all the best,


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/28/2008
merci Jacques,
If you ever return from Cuba to Canada:-) try France or Norway afterwards, happy holidays to you and your family,


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/28/2008
Grazie Tommaso, very interesting that all special celebrations go back to Syracuse, the place where you live. Happy holidays to you,
best regards,


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/28/2008
Thank you dear Michele. You also deserved the crown this year :-)
I hope you enjoy your holidays and wish you all the best for the new Year.
Hugs and kisses,


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/28/2008
Obrigado Judson,
After Sainta Lucia also my best wishes for Christmas celebrations and the New Year,


Stan Ciszek Stan Ciszek   {K:56854} 12/22/2008
Marvellous capture,gerat about.
Thanks for sharing,my friend.
Marry Christmas...


aZiZ aBc aZiZ aBc   {K:28345} 12/22/2008
I like the expression of the left hand side girl , ..
Thank you for sharing the information, ..


jacques brisebois   {K:73883} 12/22/2008
great stage capture.


Tommaso Di Falco Tommaso Di Falco   {K:23819} 12/21/2008
Hi Paul!
Very interesting the about.
Beautiful shot so well taken indeed.

St. Lucia is the patron saint of my city where she was born. The main celebration occurs on the 13th of December and in May. In spring is called "Santa Lucia delle Quaglie".

Of course in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Norway and Finland, Lucy she is venerated on December 13 in a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray Lucia.

On December 20 we called "The Eighth" the simulacrum of St. Lucia return in Cathedral and there is also in procession from Sveden the girl who is winner of the national contest togheter at two damsels.

Happy Holidays!


Michele Carlsen Michele Carlsen   {K:146013} 12/20/2008
Beautiful quality here Paul - the crispness of the image shows well and the hands on each diagonal is very vell balenced - as is the light and color - It's really a good picture my friend !!
Hus & Kisses from Michele~


Judson Borges Judson Borges   {K:6727} 12/20/2008
Nice shot and exceptional about Paul.
Santa Luzia how we call in Brazil is the patron saint of the city where I live now, so dec 13 is city day off.
I'm gonna take some pics of the procession next year.
Best wishes, Judson.


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/20/2008
Thank you John. The hand down and the hand up. These hands make the destiny of both these two lovely girls. What I meant to express is that the left hand is an encouraging hand for the winner and the right hand a protecting hand for the looser of the Sainta Lucia Contest.
It was in a very short instant I saw this all together, but was most impressive was listening to their great singing performance, which I could have enjoyed with closed eyes and without camera at all.
All the best,


John Hatz John Hatz   {K:156973} 12/19/2008
A great candid capture, and I like the hand down there, that adds to the image, clear shot, good lighting and so quality for a stage shot that always makes problems (at least for me hehehe)
be well Paul!


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/18/2008
Thank you Erland, the girls were singing sweetly as well and I could capture this as well in a video clip with my D90. Rather unusual for a DSLR camera,
best regards,


Erland Pillegaard Erland Pillegaard   {K:34147} 12/18/2008
Sweet capture photo


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/18/2008
It was a special experience to watch the celebration in a church and in particular the singing of the girls was great listening,
all the best,


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/18/2008
Merci beaucoup Nicki, j'espère que tu as déjà pu terminer ta lecture de cette longue histoire :-)
Pas de neige ici cette semaine, que de la pluie.
Si toujours pas à Noel...peut-être en mer Barentz :-) Tout une voyage, mais la froide garantie.
Une bonne soirée à toi et bonne nuit,
XXX, Paul


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 12/18/2008
Yeh Harry, these electrical lights were introduced as too many accidents happened in the past with real candles. Take care yourself as well, don't repeat this as a circus act :-)
best regards,


Luca Peccerillo Luca Peccerillo   {K:17660} 12/17/2008
Extraordinary document
I never seen it before!
thanks many for sharing.
Best wishes


Nicole Besch Nicole Besch   {K:72619} 12/17/2008
Very nice candid capture Paul!I like the face expressions and the festive clothes!Your about is sooo very interesting...really I like it to read!
I hope that you time will be very nice in Norway!And I wonder that you don't have snow.So we have more snow here as you have there.At the moment we have freeze rain not funny at all but we had until now so much snow,much more as last year the whole winter...LOL!!!
I wsih you a nice and a cozy evening!!!
Best to you,


Wolf Zorrito Wolf Zorrito   {K:78768} 12/16/2008
Beatiful view Paul. The girl with the crown is. I hope they took precautions bcse I see she has eletric powered candles on her head brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.




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