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Festivals of Light

We are in the middle of a six week period where cultures around the world celebrate

light – candles and twinkling fairy lights for Hannuka, Eid, Christmas and Advent,

Diwali and Winter Solstice. There seems to be strong human urge to gather together,

to feast, and to lift our spirits with sparkling lights in the dark.

December 13th is St Lucy’s day. A festival of light. And my very own patron saint. Our

name, from the Italian luce and Latin lux, means light. Apparently her feast day once

coincided with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, a day which always

felt instinctively special to me, as we pause in the darkness, before moving into the

lighter days once more.


In Scandinavia, St Lucia’s Day is a much-loved event. Girls dress in long white

dresses, with a wreath around their head, and carry a candle to wake the family with

songs, rolls and cookies.

We don’t celebrate St Lucy’s Day formally, but I love the thought of tens of thousands

of little Lucy’s brightening the darkness with cake, candles and songs, as that’s the

way I try to move through the world.


What I love most about this season is the street lights–we always take a trip up to

the big city to see them and visit the park lit up as a winter wonderland, before taking

a ride on the ferris wheel which glides us up over the city lights. I even love the garish

lights on the over-decorated houses–you know the sort with a hundred inflatable

flashing reindeer on the roof.

About the Author
Lucy Pearce
Author: Lucy PearceWebsite:
Lucy is a multi-passionate creative and mother of three. She is the author of numerous life-changing non-fiction books for women, including Moods of Motherhood; The Rainbow Way: cultivating creativity in the midst of motherhood and Moon Time which are Amazon #1 bestsellers in their field. Reaching for the Moon has been warmly received by girls and their parents around the world. Lucy’s work is dedicated to supporting women’s empowered, embodied expression. She is the founding publisher at Womancraft Publishing and blogs at Dreaming on creativity and authentic living. She is a vibrant painter of lost archetypes of the feminine.

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